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Reply to CIO East Africa: How to Fact-Check Intellectual Property Articles

This blogger has come across a recent article by CIO East Africa titled “Weak IP laws hurting aspiring IT billionaires” written by one Alex Owiti. The article, available here, contains several unsubstantiated claims, grave errors of fact and serious misrepresentations of substantive intellectual property law. Through twitter, several attempts were made by the Kenya Industrial … Continue reading

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

Shambles on Social Media: Balancing the Protection of Intellectual Property and Environmental Rights

This blogger has come across a twitter exchange involving one Jennifer Shamalla and the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO). Screen shots of the exchange have been posted below. Shamalla complains that Ozone Lounge and Bar plays “incredibly loud music” and that its patrons “engage in obnoxious behavior in total disregard of the environment as they scream … Continue reading

Copyright / Intellectual Property in Kenya / International Intellectual Property / IP News

Litigious Humans and Photogenic Monkeys: Slater v. Wikimedia Copyright Ownership Dispute Over Monkey Selfies

From the above clip of British wildlife photographer David J Slater, it is clear that Slater is strongly considering taking legal action against Wikimedia for copyright infringement in the now infamous “monkey selfie” photographs. In the clip, Slater explains how the photographs came about by saying: After a three day exploration of a forest in … Continue reading

Intellectual Property in Kenya

IP Kenya Monthly Review (July 2014)

This past month, we discussed several interesting developments and aspects of intellectual property (IP) in Kenya including: the Industrial Court decision in Gwer & 5 Others v. Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) & 2 others; the timeframe for the establishment of the Intellectual Property Office of Kenya, the revised Draft National Music Policy and the … Continue reading

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KEMRI Ordered to Pay Researchers 30 Million Shillings for Constitutional Infringement of Intellectual Property Rights

In the recent case of Dr. Samson Gwer & 5 others v. Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) & 2 others Petition No. 21 of 2013, the Industrial Court at Nairobi found that KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) had violated the constitutional rights to intellectual property of six Kenyan research doctors and ordered KEMRI to pay … Continue reading

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IP Kenya Named among Managing IP Top 50 Most Influential People in Intellectual Property 2014

“This is the 12th year we have compiled a list of the 50 most influential people in IP worldwide. Over that time, ideas about influence have changed. It’s no longer the case that IP law and policy is determined by self-important officials sitting in the centres of power, and academics preaching to small audiences. Today, … Continue reading

Collective Rights Management / Copyright / Intellectual Property in Kenya / Kenya Copyright Board KeCoBo

Artist’s Resale Right: How Kenya Can Make History in Africa

Artisans and visual artists of Kenya, unite! With the anticipated amendments to the Kenya Copyright Act in line with the forthcoming establishment of the Intellectual Property Office of Kenya, this is the opportune time for owners and authors of artistic works to actively lobby the Government of Kenya for the inclusion of the artist’s resale … Continue reading