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The 2014 Kenya Heroes Act and Recognition of Intellectual Property Contributions

“Our children may learn about the heroes of the past. Our task is to make ourselves the architects of the future,” – Jomo Kenyatta, following the declaration of a state of emergency by the British colonialists on October 20, 1952. Article 9 of the Constitution states that ‘Mashujaa Day’ (Heroes Day) is to be observed … Continue reading

Copyright / International Intellectual Property / IP News

Lessons from Nigeria’s Linda Ikeji on Plagiarism, Copyright and DMCA Abuse

The Linda Ikeji Blog (LIB) commands a great deal of readership and influence in Nigeria with an average of 100 comments per blogpost and over 425,000 followers on twitter. Earlier this month, it was reported that LIB was taken down from the Google-owned “Blogger” platform and later restored by Google. Linda Ikeji disclosed that LIB … Continue reading

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

4.7 Trillion Shillings Later and Copyright Law Still Lagging Behind

This month, Kenya made news when it joined Africa’s top 10 economies after rebasing of its gross domestic product (GDP). Kenya is now officially classified as a middle-income country after a statistical reassessment of its economy increased the size by 25.3 per cent. Kenya’s economic output was calculated to be 4.76 trillion shillings ($53.4 billion) … Continue reading

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

Regulation of Online Video Content, Territoriality and Copyright

This month South Africa’s top comedian Trevor Noah announced that he will be joining the award-winning late-night satirical news show, “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” aired on US cable network, Comedy Central (CC). For those who would want to enjoy this Emmy and Peabody Award-winning television show on demand, there is always “Hulu”, a … Continue reading

Intellectual Property in Kenya

Applications Open for Google Policy Fellowship 2014 at Strathmore Law’s CIPIT

CIPIT has been selected (for the second year running) to host a Google Policy Fellow. The list of host institutions is quite a who’s-who of tech research institutes. In Sub-Saharan Africa, CIPIT is Kenya’s only host organisation with other hosts in South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana. This first Google Policy Fellow to be hosted at … Continue reading

Collective Rights Management / Copyright / Intellectual Property in Kenya / International Intellectual Property / Kenya Copyright Board KeCoBo / Music Copyright Society of Kenya MCSK

Demystifying the Role of Copyright as a Tool for Economic Development in Africa: Tackling the Harsh Effects of the Transferability Principle in Copyright Law

“It is…submitted that the system of alienable copyright is not conducive for countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and cannot, unless the legislatures of these countries intervene, ever give rise to a sustainable, home-bred and poverty alleviating industry.” – JJ Baloyi, 2014. This blogger has recently come across a compelling article titled “Demystifying the Role of Copyright … Continue reading