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originally posted by: Aazadan
So here's a question, one of the big costs mentioned was image hosting, ATS hosts it's own images. How do sites like imgur operate? They freely host images to everyone, I've never had a problem there from ad's, and rarely do I even go to their page, instead I just use their bandwidth and hosting space.
If they can viably run their business, how is ATS having so much trouble with a fraction of the images?
originally posted by: SkepticOverlord
originally posted by: Rabb420
that was pretty harsh equating ad block users with criminal thiefs....
Not really. Some additional clarity...
Back in 2002, an enterprising person was buying stacks of NYC newspapers, ripping out most of the ads and inserts, then reselling the "slimmed down" versions to people entering the subway. He was charging 50 cents more than the cover price.
He was arrested, and spent time in jail for criminal copyright violation.
There is caselaw in the US and Europe that specifies the HTML structure of a web page is a copyright protected asset of the publisher and/or creator.
In France, Germany and the UK, class action lawsuits are being started against the ad-blocking companies for criminal copyright violation. The case is relatively strong, the ad-blocking firms are profiting from modifying a copyright protected item without permission from the copyright holder.
There's rumors of similar class action suits in the US, but the IAB is trying to negotiate an alternative first.
The extortion of the ad-blocking firms have also recently caught the attention of district attorneys in the US. In NY, an investigation is supposed to be in progress.
There is strong evidence that much of what the ad-blockers do is in violation of more than one law.
It's not that harsh then, is it?
originally posted by: Jonjonj
I think a site like Imgur, which is almost solely dedicated to one idea which generates its turnover, and is an absolute market leader, could go to basically any bank and say: Hey, I need money, lend it to me and I will pay the interest.
Imgur and how it makes money