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CopyrightNews
ISSUE 24
IMPROVING THE COPYRIGHT LEGAL FRAMEWORK
NEWS UPDATES
During the month of January and
February, there was a great improvement
in registration of cases as 16 cases were
registered eight of which have been nalized
while eight are still pending before courts.
Under section 38 (1) (c) which deals with
distributing infringing broadcast signal,
the department conducted raids within
Makupa area in Mombasa and one person
was arraigned in court. He was released
with a cash bail of Sh100,000. e ocers
then headed to Namanga where they
raided a control room and seized over 20
decorders and other contrivances used for
infringement. e maer is pending before
Kajiado Law Courts.
On diverse dates between February and
March, KECOBO enforcement team
extended its operation to Lamu Island
where two people were arrested and
arraigned before LAMU Law Court.
SOFTWARE OPERATIONS
Graphisoft
During the month of March, the
department concentrated mainly on
Soware operations where they inspected
ve companies suspected of infringing
Graphiso soware. ree of the
companies complied with the requirements
and legalized their sowares while two of
the companies failed to comply forcing
KECOBO ocers to seize 20 computers
from their premises. e maer is pending
under Investigation.
Autodesk
During the month of January 2017,
having received complaints from Ideate
Technologies that their soware was being
infringed by a number of companies within
Nairobi, Copyright inspectors inspected
four companies. One of the companies
legalized its soware aer paying Sh1.6
million. However, the three other
companies are still under investigations.
Five computers were seized from the rms.
Hemmsoft
Aer receiving a complaint from Hemso
solutions , the department inspected the
following schools within Nairobi;- Alliance
Girls High School, Alliance Boys High
School, Lenana High School, Arya Girls
School, St Mary Girls , Pumwani , Pioneer
School and Dondora Secondary School.
Most the Schools legalised the soware or
came with an agreement with the copyright
owner.
Hanmak Technologies Software
In January, the department also received
a complaint from Hanmak Company
about their soware being used illegally
in Hospitals. e ocers inspected South
C Hospital and managed to Seize Four
(4) computers and the case is still under
investigation.
BOOK PIRACY OPERATIONS
Aer receiving a complaint from Story Moja
Publishers, copyright inspectors raided a
bookshop along River Road and seized 24
copies of the book titled “KIGOGO”. Two
suspects were arrested and prosecuted. e
maer is pending before courts.
On the same complaint, copyright
inspectors following a tip o and in the
company of the representative of Story
Moja Publishers raided a warehouse within
Nyamakima area in Nairobi where they
seized more than 10,000 infringing copies
of books. e books included;- Kigogo,
Kidagaa Kimemwozea, e Pearl, Sound
& Read, Primary English & Kiswahili,
Memories We Lost, Betrayal in the City,
e River & the Source and MUSI YA
RNE YA 21 among others. e cost of
the books was estimated at Sh5.5 million.
e case is still pending investigations and
no arrest has been made.
TRAINING
Between January and end of March, the
department trained 36 Police ocers drawn
from Kisumu and Kondele Police Stations.
e ocers were trained on Copyright
and Related Rights. At the same time, the
copyright ocers visited Nyamasaria,
Nyarenda, Kanyakwani, Mamboleo, Lolwe
and Otongolo patrol and police bases
within Kisumu Division. Two Hundred
and Twenty Four copies of IEC materials
were distributed.
In January, a representative from the
department was selected to participate
in sensitization forums in collaboration
with Anti- Counterfeit Agency (ACA) in
Nyahururu and Nanyuki.
e department aims at expanding the
operations to other counties within the
country in order to achieve the targets as
per the work plan and with the availability
of resources.
Enforcement Activities From December - March 2017
By. (I.P) Mutegi Rinkanya
Some of the pirated books worth over Sh5 million seized by Kenya Copyright Board Ocials in a warehouse in Nyamakima area,
Nairobi in March.