The Honourable Attorney General (pictured above) in exercise of the powers conferred by section 49 of the Copyright Act has made new regulations.
Contrary to the picture caption above, the thrust of these new regulations is a substantial increase in the fees for applications for registration and renewal of registration of a collecting society.
The new fees (effective March 2015) payable to the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) are as follows:
– The fee for an application for registration of a collecting society is now set at Kshs 250,000 up from Kshs 10,000.
– The fee for an application for renewal of registration of a collecting society is now pegged on the latter’s revenue as per the last audited accounts. It ranges from 1% to 3% of the collecting society’s income.
In light of the above amendments, this blogger reckons that in the 2015 calendar year alone, KECOBO will receive approximately Kshs 10.37 million ($113,956) in renewal fees alone from the four collecting societies currently registered in Kenya namely Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK), Kenya Association of Music Producers (KAMP), Reproduction Rights Society of Kenya (KOPIKEN) and Performers’ Rights Society of Kenya (PRiSK).
It is hoped that this new revenue source will be used by KECOBO to fund more enforcement actions across the country as well as awareness creation campaigns among rights holders, users of copyright works and members of the public.
A copy of the the new Regulations is available here.