Help! Stop the Pirates!

UPDATE: Social media indeed works. The person responsible came forward when they found this post. They have paid for the books, and apologized for their oversight. I don’t wish to mention their name or mar their reputation. I thank everyone who helped get this message out. You guys are terrific!

Hey Guys,

I need your help.

Most of you know about my book – The Zen of Social Media Marketing. Currently available at in eBook form. Many of you also know that I confirmed a deal with a traditional publisher for a print book (probably due out next Spring). I will be pulling the eBook shortly.

I recently found out that my eBook was given away at a workshop without my permission. This is the email I got from a participant (name withheld)-

Hi Shama-

Someone gave me a copy of Zen of Social Media. I’m assuming she had permission because it was included in a package of information at a workshop. Can I send the file to someone else? I know someone who would like to read it.


This person did not feel comfortable sharing which workshop this happened at. However, I think that using the power of social media – we certainly can.

Some of you may wonder – why should this irk me? Or, even venture to say – well, this is expected when dealing with e-products. But, there are 3 reasons I feel so strongly about this

1) I put a lot of value into the book, as do most authors I imagine. I don’t like the idea of someone “stealing” when so much value is readily available for just 27 bucks…AND

2) Because I have already made it free for non-profits and given away many copies to people who have emailed me with reasons they needed a copy – but couldn’t afford it. Yes, I get that times are hard. I am happy to give back in any way I can.

3) This was done at a workshop. I think organizers of workshops should have a high level of integrity. If this was a random case of a book being forwarded – I could overlook it.
But, in this instance, someone deliberately gave away copies to the audience. I expect integrity from people interacting with groups of people.

What happens now?

Well, if you know anything about this, please contact me. I am not looking to berate the person who did this. I am looking to handle this in a legal and amicable manner. And – make sure it doesn’t happen again.

I also think this would be a great case study in how social media can effectively stop (or hinder) piracy efforts.


She is the founder & CEO of Zen Media. She has been named the “Zen Master of Marketing” by Entrepreneur Magazine and the “Millennial Master of the Universe” by Forbes, Businessweek, and Inc have all recognized her as one of the Top 30 under 30 entrepreneurs in the field of marketing. Shama has built a global audience and is known for helping brands succeed in the digital age. She is a bestselling author, an international keynote speaker, and has been named one of LinkedIn’s Top 10 Voices in Marketing for four years in a row.



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