Ad Blocking Software Violates DMCA
Fake News written by on Saturday, August 11, 2001
[Editor's Note: Yes, we know, this is yet another article bashing the DMCA and the US federal government. Yes, we know, this is supposed to be a Linux humor site and not a copyright humor site. So sue us. On second thoughts, please don't sue us.]
Sorry, but your actions probably violate US federal law.
According to the spokesperson for the Internet Marketing & Brainwashing Bureau, "Pop-under advertisements make it extremely difficult to navigate, use, and copy a website. They effectively control access to these websites, and therefore any attempt to defeat or circumvent them represents a violation of the DMCA."
Let's say you want to visit "Bob's House Of Pr0n". While trying to download a copy of "Miss April", three dozen different advertisement windows appear on your system. Some of these windows don't contain any controls for closing them, effectively blocking valuable real estate on your screen and obscuring the best part of that JPG you're trying to view. And if you do find a way to get rid of them, they reappear after you load another page, and eventually your browser leaks enough memory to crash the system.
Thus, these pop-up advertisements effectively control access to the copyrighted material.
So there. Go directly to jail. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.