Copyright News
KECOBO Trains Artistes in
Tharaka Nithi on Copyright
By Ephraim Nderitu
he desire to increase knowledge
on Intellectual Property espe
cially Copyright issues amongst
artistes is gaining momentum. This
became evident when the Tharaka
Nithi County artistes drawn from vari
ous sectors of the creative industry
organised a one day symposium at
Orient Hotel where several categories
of artists were represented. The repre
sentation included gospel artists, pho-
tographers, songwriters, actors, danc-
ers, film directors, book publishers
and disco jokers among others. Others
were drawn from modeling and brand
ing sectors.
Some of the key organizations
invited to make presentations were
Kenya Copyright Board and collective
management organizations which were
tasked to shed light on copyright and
related rights issues and collection and
distribution of royalties. Collective
Management organisations included
Kenya Association of Music Producers
(KAMP), Performers Rights Society of
Kenya (PRISK) and Music Publishers
Association of Kenya (MPAKE).
Others who gave presentations were
recognised producers, artists and
publishers from the region including
the representatives of the Tharaka
Nithi County Government which had
also contributed immensely in the
organisation of the seminar.
Inspector Mutegi Kathenya and
Ephraim Ndiritu represented the Kenya
Copyright Board and during the forum
they took the artistes through the role
of the both the Board that of the artistes
in the fight against piracy, registration
of copyright works, authentication
of the copyright works and Board’s
role on supervision and licensing of
Collective Management Organizations
among other many issues.
At the end of the training session, the
close to 50 participants benefitted from
one hundred copies of Information,
Education and Communication (IEC)
materials distributed at no cost by the
Kenya Copyright Board.
By Ketty Arucy
At the Kenya Copyright
Board, HR training and
Development is strate-
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