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Intellectual Property in the Employment Context: South African High Court Dismisses “Please Call Me” Case Against Vodacom

Recently, the much-awaited judgment in the case of Makate v Vodacom (Pty) Limited [2014] ZAGPJHC was delivered by the South African High Court in Johannesburg. The case revolves around the “Please Call Me” (PCM) service whereby Vodacom allowed its subscribers to send FREE messages to anyone on all South African networks, asking them to call … Continue reading

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No Such Thing as Free Content: Copyright Lessons for Kenya from “Aereo” US Supreme Court Decision

In the recent case of American Broadcasting Cos. v. Aereo, Inc., the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) held, by majority (6 to 3), that the Aereo streaming service is a “public performance” within the meaning of US Copyright law and therefore amounts to an infringement of copyright in the underlying content. The case … Continue reading

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Kenya Set to Earn Millions in Individual Fees from WIPO Madrid System

Beginning June 12, 2014, Kenya became entitled to receive individual fees from the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) through its international registration system for trade marks known as the Madrid System. This is as a result of Kenya’s Declaration (pictured above) in which it notified WIPO of its intention to receive specific fees known as … Continue reading

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HHM Oraro Law Firm Merger and Intellectual Property Private Practice in Kenya

Media reports indicate that a deal has been sealed bringing together two prominent Kenyan law firms, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews (HHM) Advocates and Oraro and Company Advocates. It is reported that the Competition Authority of Kenya has been notified of the merger and the law firms are awaiting the latter’s approval before an official announcement … Continue reading

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Proposed Cases for Copyright Collective Management in Kenya: Software and Some Rights Reserved

The collective management of copyright within Africa has emerged as one of the most viable means of bridging the gap between copyright owners and users of copyright works. According to the African Regional Committee of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), the royalty collections by African collective management organizations (CMOs) totaled … Continue reading

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Lessons from Kenafric on Intellectual Property Rights and Permissions

The Business Daily recently reported that Time Warner Inc and Kenafric are in talks to settle their copyright and trade mark infringement dispute out of court. It is reported that both parties recently appeared before the soon-to-retire IP-savvy Justice JB Havelock to request more time to conclude settlement discussions. As we had previously discussed here, … Continue reading

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Did Hong Kong Travel Agency Zuji Infringe Mandela’s Intellectual Property Rights?

Earlier this month, Yahoo! News reported that the South African consulate in Hong Kong wrote to a local travel company “Zuji” and demanded that it “immediately pulls a front-page advertisement featuring an image of a fist-pumping Nelson Mandela above the word “freedom””. The advert in question is pictured above. According to the South Africans, the … Continue reading