You might have noticed that during the past couple of weeks, a book titled “How to Build A Multi-Billion Dollars Business: Breaking Through Africa Challenging Economies” started circulating on social media especially WhatsApp. The book claims to have been authored by Strive Masiyiwa but he denied it in August 2016 when the book originally surfaced.
Even though the book contains many insights from Strive and would be a good read, it is not as great of a thing to compile such a book especially for the person who did it. Firstly, it violates Facebook’s copyright laws which govern the use of content that is posted on Facebook and specifies that no-one post content that someone else created and claim it to be theirs.
Yes, this person doesn’t claim to have written the book, however, they did not get permission from the original content creator so they still can’t use it elsewhere. In his 2016 response to this, Mr. Masiyiwa urges his fans not to buy this book as it was originally found on Amazon for sale. This was because all the content was available on Facebook for free from Mr. Masiyiwa’s page.
Now that it is back in circulation and even for free, it might not seem like it’s doing any harm but it really is in an indirect way. So when someone redistributes all of the content as of today that Strive has posted, then the fans who used to go on Facebook, read his older posts and like them end up not seeing the point to do that.
That’s a big cost for Strive. He’s just lost engagement with people who are interested in what he thinks. If something is important in this day and age for any brand, it is someone’s attention. With all these people consuming the content elsewhere, it’s a potential free advertisement loss for any new things that he might want to announce as there will be no-one staying up to date with him on Facebook.
Besides that, the book could potentially misrepresent what he thinks could have been in the contents of a book with the same title. Given how it’s already out and probably in some of your hands, better read it and get some inspiration but don’t do what this person did else you might end up facing serious legal action.
Strive Masiyiwa (born 1961) is a Zimbabwean born entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the founder and chairman of Econet Wireless International a global telecommunications group. In 2002, Masiyiwa made it to the Time Magazine List of Most Influential People, and in March 2014, he was... Read More About Strive Masiyiwa
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