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LINDA IKEJI SPEAKS DIRTY ON COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

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Tuesday, 07 October 2014
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So something has been going on for the past couple of
days that I haven’t reacted to because I wanted to see
it play out and see how far these people will go. They
have gone far and it’s now time to react.
The only reason this is happening to me is because I’m
number one…so I am flattered. I am currently No.10 on
Alexa.com, more read than all the other news sites in
Nigeria, so I understand why I am the target. If I were
them, I’d hate me too…lol.
So here’s what’s going on. Sometime last year, some
guys decided it was time to run me out of business
(duh, like you can…lol). So they began to spam by
blog. And when your blog gets a lot of spam, Google
(which hosts my site) can take your blog down. But
instead of taking my blog down, Google took my
Adsense down for a few months and eventually re-
instated it. So they didn’t succeed. These same people
started sending strange emails to me…looking for
different ways to have access to my blog. But I
wouldn’t let them. If they could, they would have
hacked it, but they couldn’t so they continued to look
for different ways to attack my blog. Please continue…
In April 2014, these guys decided to close down the
blog again. In the emails they exchanged back and
forth, they said ‘plagiarism is a good excuse to finish
her’. (they forget that if they succeed in closing down
LIB because I’m on blogger…I could easily start a
website). Now let me tell you who these guys are. They
are IT people, security experts who know how the
internet works. They are hackers and cyber-
squatters…and only go after the biggest internet
setups.
Immediately after I shared photos of my new SUV,
these guys re-connected again and decided it was
finally time to end LIB because there were quite a few
people who were mad that I bought the car and they
wanted to play on their emotions. The head of this
team is a guy who goes by the name @MrAyeDee on
twitter. They decided to use the plagiarism card. He
said it was the strongest claim to make and easiest
way to get support from other people. And then the
campaign started with him claiming that I took
something from him without crediting him or asking for
permission. 100% false. If he owns a website, I’ve
never visited it. He started by writing all sorts to get
people to notice…and then he acted. Like I said these
guys are IT experts, they know what to do to get
blogger/Google to come after you. So he and his team
started filling several reports, sending links of my blog
posts and making claims to Google. Outrageous false
claims. And because Google acts first before they
contact the blog owner, they took down some posts and
asked me to file a counter claim if I felt I had a right to
re-publish those articles. Now that my blog is under
Google review, these guys have started to spam it
again.
They want Google to shut it down. That is their aim.
Will they succeed? I sincerely don’t know. I’m not an IT
expert…I know they are spamming and filing
complaints, I don’t know what else they are doing
behind the scenes but they are relentless.
Now let me give you guys a bit who this Aye Dee guy
is. He’s anonymous on Twitter. Nobody really knows
who he is but according to those investigating him, his
name is Emmanuel Efremov simply known as EE by his
friends. He’s the owner of 15Past8.com media group.
Based in Manhattan. Gets funding from some US
organization. (His number – 212 9608127). He’s
apparently been stalking me for years now and have
registered quite a number of my domain
names…lindaikeji.net plus 8 others. He also owns
9jalife.com…yep, he owns a blog. He accuses me of
copyright infringement but when you go to 9jalife and
other websites he owns…98% of the things he has on
there are other people’s content. You see pot calling
kettle black? Lol.
Immediately he was found out yesterday, the IT expert
immediately started to redirect lindaikeji.net to my blog.
If you click lindaikeji.net now, it will redirect you to this
blog. He panicked yesterday and quickly did it. A name
he register as far back as 2011. Lol. Choi!
Not only that, he’s also a cyber squatter. Yep, he
registers 100s of websites belonging to others around
the world and tries to make money off them. Guess one
of his aims is to run me out of blogger so I come to
him and his team and pay thousands of dollars to get
one of the several names he’s registered. Not going to
happen, boo! Hehe
Below is an article from lawyer and blogger Uduak
Udouk of Africa Music Law about this guy and his
cyber-squatting criminal activities
“According to a twitter handle owned by
@MrAyeDee, celebrity blogger Linda Ikeji was
accused of copyright infringement of his works.
He reported these infringing activities to Google
and what resulted was a take down of his
articles/works on her site. He also claimed with
the rate and way things looked, Linda Ikeji’s site
could be shut down within a week.
I get the fact that this guy was concerned about
Ikeji’s activities and got Google to do something
about it. What I don’t get is his very strong
response and continued massive tweets talking
about the same issue in an almost vendetta like
style towards her. This got me curious to know
who he was and what could be a motive behind
all of these.
I began by looking at his twitter page and
narrowed in on his website www. 15Past8.com.
The description of the services he offered through
his media group raised my curiosity. He says his
media group owns “hundreds of websites.” He also
claimed some of the infringing content on Linda
Ikeji came from his site. Well one of his hundreds
of websites is 9jalife.com because it has the
15Past8.com media group stamped on it. I did a
basic search on 9jalife.com to see who owns it.
The name ‘Emmanuel Efremov’ came up as the
registered owner of 9jalife.com. 9jalife.com is
clear it is owned by 15Past8.com media group,
@MrAyeDee’s company.
For my article on Linda Ikeji, many have been
saying they are surprised she does not own her
own domain. Purely out of curiosity, I looked up
Lindaikeji.com and noted it is owned by someone
else, a case of cybersquatting. I also look up
Linda Ikeji.net and see the same ‘Emmanuel
Efremov’ come up. Now I am very curious. How is
it that Emmanuel Efremov owner of 9jalife.com, a
subsidiary of 15Past8.com, also owns
LindaIkeji.net? Am I missing something?
Needless to say, I google the name ‘Emmanuel
Efremov’ and lo and behold, there is a case by
Volkswagen against an Emmanuel Efremov for
cybersquatting. Looking at the description of
15Past8.com, the registered domain owner of
9jalife.com and Lindaikeji.net and the case by
Volkswagen against Emmanuel Efremov, I am left
feeling that the credibility of @MrAyeDee is shot
and very weak at best. It also makes me wonder
about any prior existing relationship between him
and Linda Ikeji as to the issue of domain
ownership i.e. cybersquatting. It is not uncommon
for cybersquatters to ask you the legitimate owner
of a trademark to pay them to own your own
website.
If you accuse someone of copyright infringement,
it is a good idea to make sure your hands are very
clean and there is no connection whatsoever with
a possible bad faith attempt to hijack their domain
name. I am curious to see where all of these
leads.” Uduak Udouk
Now talking about copyright infringement, Mr Aye Dee
feels that crediting source is not enough, that I have to
write a written permission to the website owner. That’s
laughable at best. So if there’s a breaking news on
TMZ, I will first write to the editors and wait for the 2/3
days it will take them to reply me…that’s if they even
bother to.
I admit that I take content from other sites. Plenty of it
sef, but the question is, which website in the world
doesn’t? If you go on Bossip.com, 50% of what is there
is from other sources. Daily Mail UK takes from other
sites, re-writes and give credit. UK Mirror takes from
other sites. MediaTakeOut quotes other sources. E!
Online, Us Weekly, People and even CNN take news
from other sources and give credit, so why is mine an
offense to the extent that my blog deserves to be shut
down? Even in Nigeria, which site doesn’t take news
from other sites? Which? That is how media runs.
Perez Hilton makes $10million a year from blogging
and 50% of the content on his site is not originally his.
As long as you give credit…which I do! Except in cases
where you don’t know the original source of the story
or photo. So many blogs take content from my site,
how many of them have I gone after? In fact, I’m
happy that they do so, I have nothing against it. If I
take content from another site and they approach me to
take it down despite giving credit, I will take it down.
But that doesn’t happen.
I try as much as possible to get as many exclusives as
I can, but because I work from home my team is so
small. I’ve been planning to employ more hands which I
will do eventually and then get a proper office. I’m
kinda glad this happened. It’s now pushing me to act
and take my business more seriously.
So Mr Aye Dee, Mr EE, Mr #bringmedown or whoever
you are and Jeremy Weate (look who is talking ..lol)
and all the others talking, I am not afraid of you! You
didn’t bring me this far and you’re not enough to bring
me down. Like if you dream it, speak it, act it, hope it,
envision it, see it, pray it….YOU are not enough! You
can’t bring a good woman down. You can try boo, oh
please keep trying…but you see this lady, she ain’t
going nowhere. You don’t even know who you are
dealing with. You don’t know what drives me and how
far I plan to go. I’ve been a hustler since I was 17,
doing it on my own…on my own terms. Plus I have the
backing of God…and of course my hundreds of
thousands of readers. I repeat, YOU are not enough!
I have been blogging for close to eight years and I plan
to be around for many more years to come, so get
used it. If you manage to close down LIB, I’ll come
back bigger and better. So keep trying boo! And enjoy
all the attention you will get from this post…you’ve
earned it. Kisses!
Oh by the way Mr EE, one of your friends who you were
doing the #bringlindaikejidown campaign with has
turned against you and contacted me. He’s a LIBer just
like you…hehe…but decided it wasn’t fair and reached
out to me. God bless you Mr Aye Dee. I hope your
hustle also pays. All the best.
To others reading this, if you want to be successful in
life, please prepare yourselves for something like this.
People don’t go after failures. You have to be really
crazy to gather to plot the downfall of an orange seller
or a gate-man (with all due respect). These people go
after successes. Once you succeed in any field, they will
come after you…it’s inevitable. Ask everyone who has
succeeded. It’s not whether they will try, because they
will…it’s how you respond to it that matters.
Don’t you ever, listen to me, ever let anyone defeat you.
You didn’t work so hard to get to the top for somebody
who didn’t know how you struggled to bring you down.
You will be disappointing God. You don’t even know
how disappointed He will be. How dare you let them
win? They will come for you…that’s a guarantee just
make sure you defeat them.
These people are not even haters..they are
excuses…they are the natural reaction to success…put
in this world to take actions against people who are
climbing the ladder of success. If they see you’re about
to fly, they will try to cut your wings because when you
fly, there’s no stopping you anymore. And that’s what
they want to do…to stop you! Don’t let them distract
you. Stay focused on your dreams and keep flying.
Lastly, You know how negative voices can be so loud
that you can’t hear the positive ones? In moments like
that just quiet the noise and listen again…listen only to
the positive ones…because they are all that matters.
May all your dreams come true! May everything you put
your hands into succeed. May your enemies show their
faces so you know who they are…but may they never
win.
Thank you so much to all LIB readers for your loyalty
all these years. I keep saying you changed my life and I
will always be grateful. Long live LIB.

(LIB-Linda ikeji Blog)

source: lindaikeji blog

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One Comment

  1. otunba411 says:

    Haters

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