You Don’t Want To Miss Out On Google’s Explanation Of The ‘Fenomenon’ That Led To Shutdown Of Linda Ikeji’s Blog
Just yesterday, Linda Ikeji and all her readers got a rude shock from Google when the search giant shut down her blog, without warning. CLICK HERE.
Linda didn’t detail what led to the ugly development but there was no mistaking how important the free blog was to her business as well as to her teeming readers who have all been kept wondering out loud what she had done wrong.
“Sorry, the blog at lindaikeji.blogspot.com has been removed. This address is not available for new blogs,” Google added in the message posted on her deleted blog.
Linda Ikeji has kept sealed lips, unruffled at the development. However, in a post on her Twitter page, she assured her readers that she was in liaison with Google, promising that her blog “will be back,” and directing her readers to her mobile blog, lindaikeji.mobi, during the pendency of the resolution of her issues with Google.
“Linda Ikeji’s Blog will be back in a bit. Biko, bear with me. The blog is still up on lindaikeji.mobi. Please read there for now until I sort this out,” she tweeted.
It emerged that Linda’s account got disabled due to repeated copyright infringement under Google terms and the blogspot account was removed from the site accordingly after, according to Google, all related reports received about Linda’s site were carefully reviewed.
But in her characteristic manner, she took to her blog before it was taken down and with arrogant hauteur, wrote as follows:
“The only reason this is happening to me is because I’m number one. So I am flattered. I am currently number 10 on Alexa.com. My blog is more read than all the other news sites in Nigeria, so I understand why I am the target.”
But Google would not take anything lying low. It took down the blog unannounced few days afterwards.
Punch contacted Google’s Manager for Communications and Public Affairs, Anglo-Phone West Africa, Taiwo Kolade-Ogunlade, who noted that Google takes the issue of copyright seriously, adding that the company belongs to a group of Internet firms that abides by the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and other applicable copyright laws.
According to Kolade-Ogunlade, as quoted by Punch, it is imperative to respect the rights of copyright holders, and 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.
He added that Google was no respecter of anybody when it came to the issues of copyright infringement, adding that “copyright is a big deal.”
Hear him as he explained what exactly Linda did wrong: “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. 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.”
Well, yes, that’s enough, although, in fairness to Linda, it is very hypocritical of Google to ban her site and not millions of others under the diplomatic wings of Google.
Prof Obiageli Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) also gave teeth and currency to the Linda Ikeji-saga on tweeter when she said:
“Just following @lindaikeji debacle. Context is everything in debate of any issue. Our immature intellectual property context breeds ERROR.”
“I urge @lindaikeji a young woman with great sense of enterprise to consider engaging @ayosogunro to help her resolve her innocent ERRORS”
“Everyone on both sides of the intellectual property debacle by @lindaikeji ‘s blog should read @ayosogunro very contextual brilliant piece”
“@lindaikeji would need to HUMBLY OWN the IGNORANCE that led to her intellectual property infringements, APOLOGIZE & promise amend now on”
“I am excited at the level of awakening on intellectual property that Linda’s debacle has thrown up. IP is @ the heart of REWARD OF EFFORT!”
“A society that PROTECTS people’s RIGHT TO THE REWARD of their EFFORT entrenches the INCENTIVES REGIME 4 hard work, creativity & innovation”
While we pray Linda Ikeji’s blog gets restored, we hope a good lawyer might be able to point Linda in the right direction as far as having a razor-sharp knowledge of issues bordering on Copyright Infringement are concerned.
Better luck next time, Linda!