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LTT's Opinion on Ad Blockers Nonsense

Last Mod.: 2024-06-02 | Created On: 2024-03-10


I am very late to this, but I want to talk about Linus (from LTT) saying that AdBlock is “literally” piracy. It isn’t, for two reasons.

Maybe he forgot about how the HTTP protocol works: You open your browser, make a request to a server, and then it responds with the HTML which my browser parses and renders for me. The AdBlock will remove parts of this plaintext HTML file for me automatically, I could do it myself if I wanted, probably, with inspect element. Is this piracy too? I mean I could just load the fucking video on MPV, and it would strip everything, and just give me the video stream because, for now, thankfully Google hasn’t enabled DRM on their thing. He could at the least say that it is similar to piracy, not literally the same. But there’s something else that invalidates this.

But there’s are more fundamental reason why it’s not piracy. The reason is that I never, even as a child (whose friends were all speaking about YouTube and Minecraft at the time around ~2014) considered, consider or will ever consider YouTube as a real job. The money you get from it should be considered as a side hustle and a person shouldn’t be living from it. I never and will never have a problem or will care if other people use AdBlockers on my videos (if I had any). I also won’t litter my site with ads.

I don’t want to watch ads. I am not cattle, I don’t have time for this bullshit, this is probably one of the most retarded quotes I have every read in my life. AdBlockers aren’t piracy and are essential in this shithole we call the Web.


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