Germany’s highest civil court signs off on the business model behind AdBlock Plus
The popular adblocking software AdBlock Plus, and the underlying business model of Eyeo GmbH, do not fall foul of German unfair competition rules. On 19 April, the German Federal Supreme Court (BGH) handed down its landmark ruling on the legality of adblocking (BGH, file number I ZR … Continue Reading
Hogan Lovells assists PayPal in securing an important victory for German retail
Decision of the German Patent and Trademark Office of 27 March 2018 (ref. no. 30 2013 057 574 – S 33/17/Lösch)
The German PTO has seen the light in the dark of the “Black Friday” battles: The term has been declared free for all to use in commerce, … Continue Reading
Eyeo ordered on appeal to whitelist Axel Springer media for free on AdBlock Plus
German media house Axel Springer has won a first significant victory in the adblocking battle that has been keeping the digital advertising industry on its toes for over a year now.
Read up on the procedural history between German media houses and Eyeo GmbH, the company … Continue Reading
On 29 September, the District Court of Cologne became the third court in Germany to issue a decision in relation to the trilogy of actions launched by large publishers against adblocking software Adblock Plus.
The court rejected publisher Axel Springer’s action against Eyeo GmbH, the German company behind AdBlock Plus. In doing so, the Cologne court agreed with the … Continue Reading
A few weeks ago, we reported on the decision of the Hamburg District Court in the ongoing adblocking litigation concerning the software AdBlock Plus of Eyeo GmbH. Yesterday, the District Court of Munich followed suit, dismissing all claims brought by subsidiaries of RTL und ProSiebenSat.1 Digital. The judges found that the relationship between Eyeo’s business and that of the media … Continue Reading
As reported in the press last week, the rise of adblocking appears to be spreading (read our earlier reports here and here). On 14 May, the Financial Times reported that a number of mobile operators are currently developing plans to block advertising on their networks. One unnamed European wireless carrier told the Financial Times that it plans to roll … Continue Reading
Recently, we reported on the series of adblocking lawsuits pending in Germany against Eyeo GmbH, the makers of AdBlock Plus. Yesterday, the District Court of Hamburg rendered the first decision in this highly controversial and avidly followed battle of several German media houses, among them Axel Springer, ProSiebenSat.1 and RTL subsidiaries. The court ruled in favor of the defendant Eyeo, … Continue Reading
Adblocking is an increasingly wide-spread phenomenon with huge impact on the online advertising industry. The best known and by far most popular adblocking tool is AdBlock Plus, marketed by the German company Eyeo GmbH. AdBlock Plus is among the most frequently downloaded browser add-ons worldwide, with over 144 million active users reported in 2014 (Source: Page Fair and Adobe 2014 … Continue Reading
The District Court of Hamburg, Germany, recently had the opportunity to review the conditions governing the use of Open Source software. In a decision that bolsters the enforceability of open source software licenses, the district court confirmed that the defendant had lost its right to use the software licensed under the General Public License (GPLv2) when it failed to fully … Continue Reading
In the wake of the PRISM surveillance revelations, Neelie Kroes, the EU Digital Agenda Commissioner, met with the European Cloud Partnership in Early July. Ms. Kroes appealed to the EU legislative bodies to speed up adopting the draft Cyber Security Directive (covered in previous posts and available here). The Commissioner stressed the importance of cloud computing for the EU … Continue Reading