CLARIFICATION ON CMOs LICENSED BY KECOBO TO COLLECT ROYALTIES IN 2018

The Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) is a state Corporation established under section 3 of the Copyright Act Cap 130 Laws of Kenya and enforce copyright and related rights in Kenya.

The Board wishes to notify the general public that the following Collective Management Organizations (CMOs) are licensed under Section 46 of the Copyright Act Cap 130 Laws of Kenya to collect royalties from user and distribute them to the members.

·        Music Publishers Association of Kenya (MPAKE)- representing authors, composers and publishers of musical works in Kenya

·        Performance Rights Society of Kenya (PRISK)- representing performers in musical and dramatic works

·        Kenya Association of Music Producers (KAMP)- representing producers of sound recordings

·        Kenya Reprographic Rights Society of Kenya (KOPIKEN)- representing authors and publishers of literally works

Members are notified that Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) did NOT have a license to collect royalties from users for the year 2017 and has NOT been issued with a license for the year 2018. Further note that MCSK has been restrained from collecting royalties by the High court in Kakamega (petition No. 38 of 2017) and the High court in Kisumu (Petition No. 11 of 2017).

 

Business owners are therefore advised to seek for licenses for the use of musical works from the licensed CMOs only.