Avira wins German case over adware blocking

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A lawsuit alleging that security software from Avira improperly blocked downloads of a software bundle that presented itself primarily as an Angry Birds-style game has been dismissed.

Freemium GmbH had sought a cease-and-desist order in Berlin District Court against Avira, based in Tettnang, Germany, whose security software warned users that a game called Moorhuhn Remake came with other potentially unwanted software.

A three-judge panel in Berlin District Court dismissed the case on a lack of grounds, ordering Freemium to pay €500,000 (US$551,000) in court costs, according to Avira. The court gave its decision verbally in May but just recently released its written ruling.

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