A few days ago a twitter user by the name @mrayedee informed his followers that Nigeria’s Number 1 blogger Linda Ikeji Blog had infringed on his intellectual property by taking stories/pictures from his Twitter timeline without permission and/or credit to him as the owner of the copyrighted materials.
He disclosed that he had reached out to her privately and publicly, but to no avail.
He revealed on Twitter, that he had sent a DCMA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) notice to Linda Ikeji Blog’s web host (Google.com) & on Oct. 4th he informed his followers that they had written to him informing him that the infringed content had been removed from Linda Ikeji blog.
A quick check of Linda Ikeji’s blog confirms that some stories have indeed been pulled down. Stories that she had posted earlier in the day were were no longer there.
The Linda Ikeji Blog is one of the top 10 sites visited in Nigeria, she is estimated to generate an income of $900,000 (N140 Million) from adverts and sponsored posts on her super popular blog.
Since the revealation by @mrayedee many tweeps have chosen sides, with some supporting @mrayedee and others like @sugabelly and @elnathan who also claim Ms. Ikeji has published their original works with permission or credit.
Others like Ohimai Amaize (Mr. Fix itNigeria) and Chude Jideonwo have viewed the plagiarism accusations as a smear campaign & have risen to defend the celebrated blogger, whose success story has inspired many Nigerians.
See some of the tweets below,