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

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

Copyright / Intellectual Property in Kenya

Revenge Porn, Copyright and the Wider Debate on Social Media Regulation in Africa

For the past two years the topic of intellectual property (IP) issues in social media has been dear to this blogger. However it is clear that the emerging legal issues relating to social media are much wider than IP law concerns and impact numerous other branches of law including but not limited to criminal law, … Continue reading

Intellectual Property in Kenya / IP News / IP Registration / Kenya Industrial Property Institute KIPI / Trade marks / World Intellectual Property Organisation WIPO

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

Intellectual Property in Kenya / International Intellectual Property

IP Kenya Weekly Review (18th-25th May, 2014)

Since our last weekly review, the Minister in charge of Copyright and Related Rights in Kenya namely, the Attorney General has under siege for his alleged involvement in the Anglo Leasing contracts scam. This blogger has the full story here. As always, your comments are invited. Meanwhile in the intellectual property (IP) world, here are … Continue reading

Copyright / Intellectual Property in Kenya / IP News

Digital Migration Case: Flawed Reasoning by Court of Appeal on Intellectual Property Issues

There’s an interesting saying about intellectual property (IP) adjudication in Kenya which states that: “most of the time, the outcome may be right but the reasoning is often wrong.” The recent decision by a three-judge bench of the Court of Appeal in the case of Royal Media Services Limited & 2 others v Attorney General … Continue reading

Intellectual Property in Kenya / IP News / IP Policy

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