Linda Ikeji's Copyright Debacle



The most successful blogger, Linda Ikeji, in Nigeria is under fire.

In reality, Linda appears to be mostly guilty of taking content from a different source without permission or attribution. A particular @MrAyeDee accused her of using tweets and images he posted and using them on her site without permission or attribution.

Linda Ikeji Range RoverLinda's success is incredible. After 8 years she has eventually become a poster child for digital success - a self-made girl who rose from rags to riches with all aid from the net and also decision. She lately caused a minor uproar when she celebrated her birthday by posting images of her brand new Range Rover . Linda is a small wunderkind in the Nigerian Blogger Linda Ikeji context - a single woman who achieved success without any clear patronage from the organization.

Questions continue to trail her operations - one of the very vital being allegations of plagiarism from international and local sites. The source in question in cases like this is an individual who tweets under the handle @MrAyeDee about security affairs in Nigeria, particularly on the insurgency raging in the North-East of the state, as we said earlier.

He told TechCabal that he found tweets and images used on Linda Ikeji's blog from round the end of September. He maintains that the blog has used his content -8 stories, but only made DMCA Takedown requests for 3. They have since been taken down. He claims that's not been able to create any direct contact with Linda.

As the controversy raged on Twitter, Uduak Oduok, a US-based lawyer who frequently remarks on entertainment problems, disclosed that the holder of the domain on @MrAyeDee's Twitter profile - 15past8.com - additionally owns LindaIkeji.net, suggesting that the two had a history and that maybe, Alexander was guilty of domain squatting and perhaps to attempting to extort Ms Ikeji.

Our investigation disclosed that truly, the domain names were owned by exactly the same person - Emmanuel Efremov. Alexander confirmed that his company - 15 Past 8 Media - had got the LindaIkeji.net domain name, but he was not privy to the details of his company's domain operations. Alexander nevertheless insisted that the domain was acquired by them for Linda and have made no money from it since registration. Our investigation verified that the domain has redirected to Linda's website practically since registration.

We have reached out for opinion but have yet to reach her. We are going to update this story when we get a reply.


Is Using Tweets in a Story Plagiarism?

Among the questions that has bugged me is whether it is illegal to work with another man's tweets in a narrative. The country'm not sure the reply to that question is "yes". Here's Forbes and Mashable using images and tweets from a user's Twitter report to clarify a story regarding the Osama Bin Laden raid. Some have contended that the right method to utilize tweets would be to use the embed function (that's that which we use on TechCabal) but screenshots are sometimes used by Forbes.


What Next?

Linda Ikeji has clearly been a prey of her success. She created tons of worth because of this and has assembled a remarkable crowd, showing that digital content is a viable business. Because of this, the's got the interest of the people - scrutiny was inevitable.

Linda's business model is predicated on ridiculously low overheads - the ensures that her content acquisition costs are low and keeps a lean staff. It's inconceivable these assaults will reduce - and Linda may have to spend money on developing the's content creation team, thereby thinning her margins in the long run. The might even have to get in getting her domains - which are possessed by a bunch of individuals from Jonathan Santos (LindaIkeji.com), Tosin Odunfa (LindaIkeji.ng), Twinpine Advertising (LindaIkeji.mobi) and 15 Previous 8 Media (LindaIkeji.net). Hosting a website that some estimate delivers 500,000 page views a day will also expensive.

But Linda is not a stupid person. She is navigated the digital media landscape quite astutely, and private dialogues have shown that, as long as she hasn't lost her edge, she must be able to leverage this disaster to take her company to another level.

We anticipate.