vinny86 wrote:link to the Google ToS ?
They haven't bothered ABP or adblock with it so i guess not
8. Content in the Services
8.2 ... You may not modify ... based on this Content (either in whole or in part) ...
lewisje wrote:Some ABP lists have element-hiding rules that hide the ads but do not alter the organic search results.
8.1 You understand that all information (such as data files, written text, computer software, music, audio files or other sounds, photographs, videos or other images) which you may have access to as part of, or through your use of, the Services are the sole responsibility of the person from which such content originated. All such information is referred to below as the “Content”.
mun35 wrote:Strictly speaking, does ADP violate Google's ToS by changing the structure/format of the SERPs?
pirlouy wrote:mun35 wrote:Strictly speaking, does ADP violate Google's ToS by changing the structure/format of the SERPs?
Why Google and not all websites ? Anyway, AB+ does not change any page by default.
What a strange question...
Actually that's just element-hiding, which is not IMO the key functionality; for me, the key thing is the actual blocking, to scan the HTTP requests made as part of the loading of the Web page (after the request in the URL bar) and block those that match a blocking entry and do not match an exception entry, solely by looking at the URL and the type of request, not at any of the content of a potential HTTP response.mun35 wrote:The key functionality of ABP is to make changes to a page, as wisely pointed out before, by making changes to the CSS.
Wladimir Palant wrote:The ToS is a contract between the website and the user, not between a website and some third-party software. Meaning that the real question is: "Do users with Adblock Plus violate Google ToS?" This is doubtful given that there is no actual website modification, Adblock Plus is rather preventing some web resources from downloading and applies some user stylesheets. But the question can only really be answered in court - I'm quite certain that we will never see that, Google will not go after its users (extremely bad PR move). Not to mention that most users never see the ToS, let alone agree to them. In other words, this paragraph might theoretically apply to Adblock Plus, but even if it does - it's effectively void.