In the last couple of months we have gathered enough information which indicates that ghanabusinessnews.com is coming under various forms of attack from some groups and individuals who see us as competition and a threat.
But of all the attempts to destroy the website, the most vicious has emanated from an individual who is not a Ghanaian, does not live in Ghana, but runs a website in the name of Ghana. We are withholding the name of this person for now.
Some of the deliberate efforts that are ongoing to thwart our work include refusal to duly acknowledge our works and in some cases others taking credit for our works.
Indeed, the emergence of the World Wide Web and the Internet has made access to information easier, making it possible for anyone to access information from one point or the other, and therefore, it is easier for others to republish information that other sources have published.
As a result of this development, some organizations have relaxed their insistence on their copyrights especially, when they are duly credited for the information. But there are some other organizations that take a very serious view of the act, even in cases where they are duly credited for the information.
We at ghanabusinessnews.com, are not worried if others use our original continent and duly acknowledge us, it is however, the consistent and deliberate use of our original content without crediting us that is of great concern to us. Some radio and TV stations, newspapers and other websites use our materials and do not acknowledge us as the source, and they do that on purpose. Some of them claim that by acknowledging the works of others which they use on their sponsored networks amounts to advertising!
There are some incidents that are genuine mistakes and oversights though, and when the attention of these groups and individuals have been drawn to the error, they happily correct it. But there are some who take offence at being reminded that they should at least acknowledge sources of material that they publish from other sources.
Sadly, some of these people think that once a material or information is put on the internet it is free!
It is our complaints against the consistent inappropriate use of our original content that has irked this individual and he is going to all lengths to destroy ghanabusinessnews.com.
This individual according to the information we have, called the owner of the business that is managing our domain name and promised to offer any amount of money to this person to transfer our domain name to him. The reason for this criminal act is obvious.
Apart from the fear of competition, there must be some other reason behind such a dastardly act. As a matter of fact, we at ghanabusinessnews.com, do not fear competition, indeed, we welcome it! We know that the best way to compete is to offer what we know best, superior quality stories, which we believe our detractors are also capable of doing, but for reasons best known to themselves, they do not do, and instead choose to attack us on other fronts.
We are taking all the necessary steps to protect the integrity of the website, we are in discussions with our lawyers and the Copyright Office of Ghana and we will on the advice of our lawyers involve the Ghana Police at the appropriate time.
We however, wish to inform our most cherished visitors and readers that, we will not relent in our efforts to serve their very good courses and continue to meet their demand for high quality news and information.