What Axel Springer’s Loss In Ad-Blocking Suit Means For UK Publishers

Despite some dogged persistence, publishing giant Axel Springer lost its appeal in a suit against Adblock Plus in German courts earlier this week but extracted a very small consolation prize. 

Axel Springer sued Eyeo-owned Adblock Plus last year, saying that no company should be able to interfere with the display of ads. The publisher lost its case last year, decided to appeal and lost again this week. But while the Cologne regional court found that ad blockers are indeed legal, a claim repeatedly disputed by the publisher, it forced Adblock Plus to place Axel Springer on a white list for no charge.

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