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Copyright News
By Mutegi Kathenya.
T
he enforcement department
or compliance department is
a department within Kenya
Copyright Board established
to enforce copyright law in Kenya.
The activities of the department
are mainly guided by the Copyright
Act. Enforcement usually works hand
in hand with the Legal Department
who are the experts in prosecution of
copyright offenses after the suspects
have been arrested and taken to court
by enforcement department.
Operations
As from January this year, the depart-
ment faced a lot of challenges which
allowed the investigation of only 8cases
which are all pending before court.
Training
Police training sessions conducted
by the enforcement department
from January 2018 to date was a great
achievement. On February 2018,
enforcement officers trained 50 police
officers at Garissa Police Station
together with Garissa Quick Response
Team drawn from both administra-
tion and regular police officers.
On March 24, 2018, representatives
from the department also trained 26
police officers from Kikuyu Police
Station and 18 police officers from
Kabete Police Station.
During those trainings, a total of
94 police officers benefited and 553
training materials were distributed.
Inspections
During the months in review, 12
premises have been inspected most
being companies suspected to be
dealing in infringed software and ille-
gal distribution of infringing signal of
DSTV.
Some of the premises inspected
within Nairobi were found with valid
licenses while others opted to legal-
ise their software. In Mombasa one
person was taken to court for illegal
distribution of infringing broadcast
signal at Mkamani area.
Enforcement Activities
from January-March, 2018
Illegal DSTV distribution signals being disabled during a raid by KECOBO copyright inspectors in
Garrisa town.
7 percent to the national economy in
terms of GDP with the core copyright
based industries making a contribu
-
tion of about 3-4 percent.
Considering that the publica
-
tion was based on a 2007 survey, the
sector’s current contribution to the
economy, over 10 years later, must be
significantly higher. It is for this rea
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son that in his Jamuhuri Day speech
last year, President Uhuru Kenyatta
identified protection of Intellectual
Property Rights as a critical factor
in supporting the growth of local
industries. Earlier during his inau
-
guration on November 28 last year,
the President committed to focus on
innovation. One of the sectors that
thrive on innovations is the copyright
and related rights based industry.
The structures, strategies and
policies put in place by the Kenya
Copyright Board, whose core mandate
is to administer, protect and enforce
copyright and related rights in Kenya,
in its current five year strategic plan
are aimed at ensuring the sector grows
for the benefit of the creatives.
The Kenya Copyright Amendment
Bill 2017, which is currently at the
Committee stage in Parliament,
gives the Kenya Copyright Board the
momentum it needs to protect and
encourage creators to earn from their
intellectual property. It offers protec
-
tion measures for creators through
better management of the Collective
Management Organisations (CMOs).
This will ensure that the copyright
sector becomes attractive and lucra
-
tive thus creating more employment.
The goodwill shown by the
President and the government needs
to be exploited for Kenya to become a
truly knowledge driven economy.
Mr Kinyungu is the head of
Communications at Kenya Copyright
Board. ckinyungu@gmail.com
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