Appeals Court Overturns Bad Decision About Adware
from the good-decision-for-bad-companies dept
As you may have noticed in our coverage of adware/spyware/malware companies, like most people, we’re no fans of the companies. They tend to act in sleazy, underhanded ways, installing software without people realizing it, or without explaining to them what the software really does (pop up ads). However, all of that being said, legally, if someone wants adware on their computer, they should have the right to put it there. That is, the process by which adware applications pop up ads of competing companies for people who visit certain pages, should be entirely legal, if the person who owns that computer wants that “feature.” It may be a very small number of people, but it’s their computer and they should have the right to trigger ads based on what they’re surfing. Adware maker WhenU has been involved in most of the lawsuits over this issue — as some companies were upset that WhenU popped up competing ads when people visited their sites. In the various lawsuits, the ability to pop up competitor ads was found legal the first and the second time. However, the third time the case came up, a judge said they were illegal. However, it looks like an Appeals Court has now overturned that ruling and said that it’s perfectly legal to do those popups, given that people want them. This is the right decision. We have no problem with lawsuits against these companies for doing sneaky installs, or other efforts to get that practice to stop. But, at the end of the day, if you want to change your browsing experience on your computer, that should be your right — even if it involves additional ads.