Following Google shutting down Nigeria’s most popular blog, Linda Ikeji’s blog, Wednesday, Oct.8, Google has come out to explain why they took such measure against the popular blogger.

google-nigeriaAccording to Google?s Manager for Communications and Public Affairs, Anglo-Phone West Africa, Taiwo Kolade-Ogunlade who gave audience to Punch Newspaper, the blog was plagued with plagiarism among other offenses which was against Google’s governing rules.

?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 comes to the issues of copyright infringement.

?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.

?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?, Kolade-Ogunlade explained.

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