Tech giant, Google Responds & Explains why Linda Ikeji’s Blog was To Be Shut Down. Linda Ikeji Blog has been hit by multiple allegations of plagiarism with critics allegedly prodding Google to suspend the blog, the latest of which began few days ago when one Mr. Aye Dee, Editor-in-Chief of United States-based 15Past8 media group, reported Linda Ikeji to Google, accusing her of copyright infringement.
Google initially responded to his request by taking down the posts he alleged Linda Ikeji Infringed upon, but when it seem Linda Ikeji remained adamant and continued to plagiarized his work, he prodded Google more leading to the final suspension of the site.
“Google just notified us that they are removing our copyrighted content from Linda Ikeji’s website. All the stories and images Linda Ikeji took from me without permission in the last few days have been removed from her site by Google. Someone has to say something. It costs money to get good work done. I spend time getting information from my sources, as well as analysing and verifying the information. All that costs money. I don’t mind donating my time for Nigeria’s sake, but for someone to take my labour and use it for personal profit, no way!” Aye Dee had tweeted. In defence of its action, Google’s Manager for Communications and Public Affairs, Anglo-Phone West Africa, Taiwo Kolade-Ogunlade explained why they had to suspend Linda Ikeji’s blog:
He said 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.
“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. SEE MORE ON PAGE 2