The Linda Ikeji Saga: Blogging…Tips, Plagiarism and some Truth
Nowadays most Nigerian Entertainment websites have got it all wrong. Whether music or gossip is their main focus. Lifting content off each other's platform has become the norm of the day. There is a thin line between 'lifting content ' and 'plagiarism' which many bloggers seem to cross every second. Now the main question asked over the past couple of days is: If blogger cites the source of his/her article, is it still considered plagiarism? It didn't take me two seconds to answer the question. We need to see this citing your source matter from the perspective of the masses ( Yup… Know your audience!). Nowadays, very few people enjoy reading lengthy articles or even the little letters stating who originally wrote the article. Do you even read the terms of agreement before clicking 'I agree'? This is why Linda Ikeji was and is and successful. She brings the gist straight to the point. As E dey hot. Since a lot of bloggers are focused on traffic… Will sourcing the article transfer the traffic to the original owner of the article? It's pointless to me since the article would have been read and very few will click the link. For someone like me…. I take my time to write my every article and music post. I wouldn't want anyone to copy and paste my hard work and later on claiming it as theirs. I won't take it lightly. It will be a very deadly day (and 'Borrof us are gonna die on the line'). With that being said… There should be a legal agreement between websites who lift content from each other's platform and there must be a way to re-direct the traffic back to the original article. This can be by copying the first paragraph and adding a 'To read more click here' link. In this way the back and forth plagiarism talk can be avoided. Too many Nigerian websites and blogs are too focused on the traffic that they lack that the art of being creative and unique. Hence you see why bloggers are often times considered as parasites who clog people's timelines with twitterfeed links. They boldly copy and paste and shamelessly take glory for it. They've successfully turned passion to a competition…Thereby being the very epitome of a lack of authentic material. I sigh!
Even if blogging is just your hobby, please treat your blog as your company. Have a clear goal on what you want to achieve with it and protect yourself and your content.
Meanwhile… I noticed how some music website took the opportunity to slander Linda Ikeji. Not to take sides… But they commit plagiarism way too often with the songs they posts. Forgetting to change the copyright of the song they posted silly enough. Most times you can't even change the copyright tag. So I can download a Notjustok song off www. I JUST DEY THIEF THIEF DOT COM.
My tip and my rule… if you I don't get it in my e-mail, I don't post it.
Now with that being said…
Blogging can indeed be an inexpedient onus.
- The Alpha Female