Oct 9, 2014 – “Why Google.com Took Down, Deleted Linda Ikeji’s Blogger Website” – Google Manager For West Africa Speaks
In the past 7 days, Nigeria’s richest blogger, Linda Ikeji has been battling a particular guy named Aye Dee over copyright issue relating to some contents on her blog.
The savvy blogger allegedly took some contents from some big guys without getting prior permission and was warned severally to take them down but because she has been doing it for long, the owner of the contents fired back last week.
Linda Ikeji blogspot was reported to Google after Aye Dee filed a DCMA complaint over the stolen contents, Google then sent her several warning messages to delete those copied contents but the contents were too many to take down within the specified grace period given to her.
This forced Google to finally take down her blog yesterday afternoon.
Since Wednesday afternoon, Linda Ikeji and fans have being bashing enemies for witch-hunting the millionaire blogger but a manager at Google West Africa has spoken in defense of the contents owner.
Read what Taiwo Kolade-Ogunlade, A Manager at Google West Africa told Punch few hours ago:
“To respect the rights of copyright holders, Google clearly spells out how users of its products and services can get permission to use someone else’s intellectual property such as text, songs, images and footages. Google is no respecter of anybody when it came to the issues of copyright infringement, copyright is a big deal.
“Google as an organisation takes issues of copyright seriously and belongs to a group of digital companies that respect copyrights.
“Copyright is a big deal and this is why you can’t just go and pick up another person’s intellectual property or content and lay claim to its ownership.
“That is why we have copyright guidance. I don’t know if Linda picked up any content and I don’t know what content is the bone of contention-neither have I looked into the complaints personally.
“But it is not a case of witch-hunting and has nothing to do with Linda Ikeji’s personality or anyone else because there is a process, and irrespective of who you are in the world, that process would apply to you.
“It has become imperative for online entrepreneurs to respect the rights of copyright holders noting that the Internet community should be built on mutual trust and general respect.
“Let’s respect other people’s rights and intellectual property. Making money off other people’s content without permission is wrong. Although the Internet is inanimate, it is the content on it that gives it life. These are the issues.
“Whenever owners of online contents come after you accusing you of using their content, it is because they have families to feed and businesses to sustain.
“People should also understand that copyrights does not only apply to text, but also extends to literary works, images and photographs, music files and MP3s, movies, movie trailers and videos as well as software,”.
Eyah! this is no good news for Linda but I hear she is staying strong.
As it stands, she is still looking for a suitable domain name and hosting company to register and host her blog.
Her sister Laura Ikeji said they are all devastated by this sudden loss but Linda remains unshaken.
Linda Ikeji, Africa’s richest blogger makes over N10 million from her blog monthly. She opened the blog in 2008.
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