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ADVERTISING: German Federal Court of Justice rules that adblocking and whitelisting is legal


I ZR 154/16, German Federal Court of Justice, 19 April 2018

The developer of adblocking software, Eyeo GmbH, has won a long and in many ways game changing battle against Axel Springer SE, Europe’s largest digital publishing company. After years of litigation, the German Federal Court of Justice held that the offering and distribution of adblocking software is fully admissible under unfair competition law and therefore finally dismissed the action. Thus adblocking software has been confirmed as a reality for the digital economy and will be a part of the internet landscape going forward.

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