Stealing content online

As you may know, I have a public email floating around that people can contact me using regardless of how often I actually check it but I saw a message which made me think a tiny bit. It went as following.

Hi Snat

i am trying to block the ad on your website but when I do so no youtube video works on this website. can you help me ?

That e-mail made me think. In a way, this user is actually stealing from me. Think about it for a minute. I use Google Adsense to fund the hosting that Tweaked for your Pleasure uses and that by using this website you agree that you will view the ads. Now I do not mean you have to actually visit those websites but I just mean that they have to be on the website.

By using an ad blocker, you are getting rid of the Google Adsense on Tweaked for your Pleasure that funds the website and your enjoyment. If all my users were to block the Google Adsense overnight that it would be very unlikely this website would stay online and naturally these people will be disappointed.

Now if you think about if everyone in the world just blocked all types of ads that overnight we would see a lot of websites die. Not only that but we would see a lot of web hosts as the websites they host relies on ads to be able to earn money to pay for the hosting. After that, we would see a lot of datacenters go bust due to web host no longer needing to host servers. We will then see all those support staffs go but furthermore, a lot of computing companies like DELL etc may go out of business and most of their business is actually dealt towards the likes of data centres.

So really, is it too much to ask for people NOT to block the ads that allow the person to view FREE content on the World Wide Web or do users have a right to block ads they do not want to see?

Need to reference?

Ellis, M. (2010). Stealing content online. [online] Snat's Narratives & Tales. Available at: [Accessed 07 Dec 2023].

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