Uncertain Future for Reprographic Rights in Kenya as KOPIKEN Collecting Society Registration Not Renewed

In a public notice by Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) published on February 4th 2016, we are informed that KECOBO at its Board Meeting of January 28th 2016 considered the application for renewal of registration as a collecting society made by the Reproduction Rights Society of Kenya (Kopiken). After consideration of Kopiken’s application, KECOBO decided not … Continue reading Uncertain Future for Reprographic Rights in Kenya as KOPIKEN Collecting Society Registration Not Renewed

Devil in the Details of Joint Collection of License Fees for Musical Works and Sound Recordings

Last week, the ever-busy Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) published a public notice stating that it had approved the renewals of registration as collecting societies for Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK), Kenya Association of Music Producers (KAMP) and Performers Rights Society of Kenya (PRiSK) for the period January 1st to December 31st 2016. According to KECOBO, … Continue reading Devil in the Details of Joint Collection of License Fees for Musical Works and Sound Recordings

Copyright Act (Amendment) Regulations 2015: Attorney General Hikes Registration and Renewal Fees

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.

ARIPO Roving Seminar Comes to Kenya: Copyright in the Digital Environment, 16 – 17 March 2015

The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) in collaboration with the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) will be hosting a seminar on copyright and related rights as part of the on-going series of ARIPO roving seminars. The Seminar will be held on 16 and 17 March 2015 in Nairobi. The theme of the Seminar is “Copyright … Continue reading ARIPO Roving Seminar Comes to Kenya: Copyright in the Digital Environment, 16 – 17 March 2015

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

Kenya Copyright Board and Collecting Societies: Myths and Facts

The subject of this article is to critically analyse some of the questionable statements made by KECOBO in the latest edition of its newsletter, “Copyright News”. This particular edition is themed: Collective Management Organisations (CMOs). As many may know, there are currently four registered CMOs in Kenya namely (from oldest to youngest): the Music Copyright … Continue reading Kenya Copyright Board and Collecting Societies: Myths and Facts

To Photocopy or Not to Photocopy: The Role of the Reproduction Rights Society in Kenya

One of the local newspapers recently published an article titled: “Can’t someone stop this photocopying madness?”, which raises the alarm over high levels of illegal photocopying especially in tertiary institutions of learning, namely our universities. The writer explains: We were taught in classes that photocopying a book without the requisite permission of the copyright holder … Continue reading To Photocopy or Not to Photocopy: The Role of the Reproduction Rights Society in Kenya

Does Kenya Really Need a National Intellectual Property Policy?

Dir. Rutenberg is at stakeholders meeting for developing a national IP policy hosted by Ministry of Industrialization. — Strathmore Law CIPIT (@StrathCIPIT) September 24, 2012 Many will recall that last year, Strathmore University’s Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology (CIPIT) took part in a series of consultative meetings on the Draft National Intellectual Property … Continue reading Does Kenya Really Need a National Intellectual Property Policy?

Conference: Enhancing the Culture of Reading and Books in the Digital Age – Copyright as a Means to Foster Creativity and Access in Africa

What has happened to reading in the age of the Internet? Will the digital age put an end to the culture of reading and books that has been nurtured over centuries? In association with the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO), the Kenya National Library Service (KNLS), Kopiken, the Kenyan Publishers Association (KPA) and the Kenyan Writers … Continue reading Conference: Enhancing the Culture of Reading and Books in the Digital Age – Copyright as a Means to Foster Creativity and Access in Africa

Music Copyright Society of Kenya MCSK Boss Finally Speaks Out

Over the past year, IPKenya has written several blogposts on the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK), based primarily on credible information from the national Copyright Office (KECOBO), media reports as well as information from online sources. IPKenya has always endeavoured to be balanced and fair in its appraisal of the fall-out between KECOBO and … Continue reading Music Copyright Society of Kenya MCSK Boss Finally Speaks Out