UK Culture Secretary Compares Ad-Blocking to Piracy

UK Culture Secretary Compares Ad-Blocking to Piracy

UK Culture Secretary Compares Ad-Blocking to Piracy

UK Culture Secretary Compares Ad-Blocking to Piracy


Ad Blocking is a very controversial issue, one that has started a great deal of debate over the internet over the past number of years, now the UK's Culture secretary, John Whittingdale, has weighed in on the issue, comparing the use of ad block to illegal file sharing/piracy. 

Below is a quote from Mr Whittingdale which compares pieces of online journalism to to a music album, saying that if people do not pay for content that in time the content will no longer exist. 


   This practice is depriving many websites and platforms of legitimate revenue, it is having an impact across the value chain, and it presents a challenge that has to be overcome. Because, quite simply, if people don't pay in some way for content, then that content will eventually no longer exist.

And that's as true for the latest piece of journalism as it is for the new album from Muse.


UK Culture Secretary Compares Ad-Blocking to Piracy   

Online advertising is disliked by many people, especially when it comes to more intrusive ads like pop-up ads  or video/audio ads. The UK Culture Secretary also stated that he does not think that ad-blockers should be banned, but that if websites can avoid the use of intrusive ads that ad-block use should decrease. 


    If we can avoid the intrusive ads that consumers dislike, then I believe there should be a decrease in the use of ad-blockers,


John Whittingdale will be meeting "representatives from all sides of the argument" over the coming weeks to discuss the issue and what options are available to better support online creators, though he does not think that ad-blockers should be banned. 


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03-03-2016, 06:53:07


How about the bandwidth taken up by adverts that I don't have any interest in seeing - my bandwidth that I pay for - is being stolen from me by these adverts.
Equally obtuse, but probably more valid than this cretinous argument from, who is this fool? Jesus wept.
The whole premise behind the world wide web is that you can put in an address and receive the publicly available content on that website. It is entirely down to the website owner to decide what content is available to the public and what is not. If they don't like people using ad-blockers, then there are several alternatives to them, including making their content not publicly available. Once the content has been sent from the server to the client, the server has absolutely no say any more what happens, barring the existing laws on copyright and so on. The client can request as much or as little as they like, and is under no obligation whatsoever to decide what must or must not be displayed to the end user. The data given over the internet in this way is a gift: once it's left the server, it's given. If you want to attach strings to that gift, then that's entirely up to you as the server owner!

Of course, as a Tory, he should be all over a capitalist solution to the 'problem' - the market adapts.

I've just started being self-employed, and my business model will not be based in any way on advertising, because as a consumer, I hate it. This will very likely mean in the short term that I don't make as much money as I could, but equally, my company will aim to attract and retain customers through quality. I would rather make 1/10 of the profits I could and not use advertising than the other way around.

That is how I as a customer choose much of what I buy. I actively avoid advertised products as much as I can (ie me seeing your advert is likely to make me NOT buy your product), and I go back time and again to companies who offer great quality products and service. Like UnknownWorlds Entertainment games, not EA or Ubisoft, as just one example.

So who is this clown and why does he have an important position? If he's expressing views such as this, I have no confidence in anything he says or does. Time for a change of culture secretary, methinks.Quote

03-03-2016, 10:49:37

No one is forcing companies and site developers to have free access to their content. If they don't want to let people be on their site for free, charge a membership fee. And sure, if they charge a membership fee, they'll say "people won't come to our site if they have to pay for it." To which I would reply "Then you obviously aren't selling a quality product that people want to pay for."

Some sites restrict access if they detect an ad blocker. Maybe others should follow suit. I don't see why this is an issue.Quote

03-03-2016, 11:04:20

If i like the site or use it regularly, i whitelist it on my adblocker.
Turn off data harvesting and stop making every ad i see about something that i have looked into an i might turn it off completely.
I have nothing to hide but i hate that i'll go on a site and i may have looked an item once say like for a birthday present. But soooo many sites are trying to get me to buy something similar.
Also misleading ad's need to go. sooo many people want to download something but on the download section there is about 200 download buttons and 199 are to download something else that the site is advertising. the actual thing you want to download is hidden or difficult to see just so you accidentally download something else most of the time malware, spyware or bloatware.

I hate politics. the people in it don't live in the real worldQuote

03-03-2016, 11:07:49

I agree tbh. We rely on ads to survive.

No crappy google banners here only ads from relevant companies. Would make my life a great deal easier if ad blockers were less prevalent.Quote

03-03-2016, 11:16:30

Dark NighT
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
I agree tbh. We rely on ads to survive.

No crappy google banners here only ads from relevant companies. Would make my life a great deal easier if ad blockers were less prevalent.
Which is why i always have adblock disabled on this entire site, wish more people would do it.Quote

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