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The Jubilee Government – One Year Later: Waiting for the Intellectual Property Organisation of Kenya

As many readers may know, the Jubilee government of President Uhuru Kenyatta, his Deputy William Ruto and his Cabinet mark the end of their first year in office this month. To this end, Gado’s comic in today’s Daily Nation newspaper depicts Kenyatta and Ruto being accused of copyright infringement by the immediate former president Kibaki. … Continue reading

Collective Rights Management / Copyright / Intellectual Property in Kenya / IP News

High Court Orders Government to Facilitate Copyright Tribunal in PERAK Case against KAMP and PRiSK

In a judgment delivered recently, the High Court in the case of Republic v Kenya Association of Music Producers (KAMP) & 3 others Ex- Parte Pubs, Entertainment and Restaurants Association of Kenya (PERAK) [2014] eKLR has ordered the State to set up the Competent Authority established under the Copyright Act to hear and determine the … Continue reading

Intellectual Property in Kenya / IP News / World Intellectual Property Organisation WIPO

Strathmore to Host World Intellectual Property Day 2014 Events in Kenya

Strathmore University’s Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) has been at the centre of Kenya’s preparations for this year’s World Intellectual Property (WIP) Day celebrations on 26th April 2014. This blogger has previously discussed here the significance of this year’s WIP Day for Kenya. The planned celebrations will run from 8.30 a.m … Continue reading

Collective Rights Management / Copyright / Intellectual Property in Kenya / IP News

Why Private Copying Law and Practice in Kenya is Unconstitutional

Private copying can be defined as the act of making any copy for non-commercial purposes by a natural person for his/her own use. Kenya’s Copyright Act defines it as the making of a single copy for the personal and private use of the person making the copy. Although the right of reproduction under copyright law … Continue reading

Copyright / IP News

Taking Intellectual Property Rights Seriously: Penny Galore Ltd. vs. Amani Women’s Group

Earlier this week, Amani Women’s Group posted a blog article here after receiving a Cease and Desist Demand Notice from Penny Galore Ltd. In the explicit Demand Notice, Amani Women are accused of infringing Penny Galore’s rights under both copyright and the law of passing-off with respect to the latter’s handmade necklace branded and marketed … Continue reading

Copyright / International Intellectual Property / IP News

Intellectual Property and Anti-Homosexuality Law Collide: The Case of David Robinson vs. Red Pepper Uganda

In a recent article in the New York Times here, it is alleged that Ugandan tabloid newspaper Red Pepper infringed the copyright of Denver David Robinson, the photographer behind the photographic project titled: “We Are Here: LGBTI in Uganda” which was published by The Advocate, an American L.G.B.T. magazine here. From an intellectual property (IP) … Continue reading

Collective Rights Management / Copyright / Intellectual Property in Kenya / International Intellectual Property / IP News / Kenya Association of Music Producers KAMP / Kenya Copyright Board KeCoBo / Music Copyright Society of Kenya MCSK / Performers' Rights Society of Kenya PRISK

Lessons for Kenya: South African Copyright Tribunal Sets Aside License Tariff for Use of Sound Recordings

Recently this blogger reported a major victory for Kenya’s related rights collective management organisations (CMOs) when the court upheld their statutory mandate to license for the communication to the public right (See here). In this regard, this blogger has argued on several occasions (see here, here and here) that the Competent Authority must be immediately … Continue reading