The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) and the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) have given all broadcast service providers and telecommunications content service providers until 29th November, 2019 to adhere to their copyright obligations as provided for in the CA license conditions and ensure adherence to any other law as they carry out their services.
Speaking during the funeral ceremony of benga icon and PRISK member John De’ Mathew, in August 2019, President Uhuru Kenyatta acknowledged that the music bodies may be facing serious financial challenges due to non-compliance of users of copyright and related rights works. The president further directed ICT Cabinet Secretary Mr. Joe Mucheru through the Communications Authority of Kenya not to renew licenses of broadcasters and telecommunication companies, before they pay license faces due to Collective Management Organizations.
KAMP, PRISK and MCSK welcome the move by KECOBO and CA to issue the notice to broadcasters who are the major users of artists’ works. The three Collective Management Organizations are licensed by the Kenya Copyright Board to carry out joint collections and administer rights on behalf of Producers, Performers (Actors and Musicians) and Copyright Owners (Composers/publishers/song writers) respectively.