Safaricom Host Skiza Forum in Kisumu
By. Paul Kaindo
he spirit of SKIZA is to ensure
that Kenyan arstes earn from
their creavity. The SKIZA
service was launched by Safaricom in 2009
and it allows customers to download their
favourite SKIZA tunes and entertain their
callers every me they call. The service
currently has over 11 million customers,
and has offered hope to arstes as they
now have a genuine plaorm where they
can commercialise their music on a large
T h e SK I Z A K i s u m u fo r u m wa s
organised by Safaricom in corroboraon
with Content Partners Associaons,
CMOs, KECOBO and law firms. The main
purpose of the SKIZA Forum was to
empower arstes and educate them on
how they can determine how much
revenue Safaricom has paid out to the
Content Service Providers (CSP) from their
music sales. This can be done by dialing
*622# or vising
The interacve forum took place from
nd th
22 August 2018 to Saturday 25 August at
ASK grounds in Kisumu. It commenced with
a session on Copyright and related Rights.
About 300 Rights Holders (i.e. Authors,
Composers, Publishers, Producers and
Performers), from Western Kenya, Nyanza
and some from Kericho, aended the
forum. Speakers included: Chrisne
Murakaru, Product Manager Music
Content, Safaricom PLC; Fred Waithaka,
Head of Legal Services, Safaricom PLC; Jua
Cali, Recording Arst on SKIZA and Co-
Founder, Ngomma V.A.S. Limited; Ms June
Gachui, founder & Principal Consultant,
JGIP Consultants; Nani Mungai, Senior
Partner, MMC Law Africa; Paul Kaindo,
Legal Counsel, Kenya Copyright Board
(KECOBO and Stephen Chege, Director of
Corporate Affairs, Safaricom PLC. It was
moderated by Arst & Marketer: Jalang'o.
SKIZA earnings have since increased
from the previous 22% to 30% per song.
The amount is usually paid through the
respecve Content Service Providers who
then pay the musicians in accordance with
the contracts they have signed and in line
with recent legal direcves. The amount an
arst earns depends largely on the value of
the song depending on how well they
market their songs.
Those in aendance got a chance to
know and interact with their Content
Partners, Associaons, CMOs, KECOBO,
Law Firms and other established arstes
and Safaricom through the exhibions.
Arsts on the SKIZA plaorm will connue
to benefit from free legal assistance from
Safaricom in the form of free legal clinics
and interacons with experts in copyright
and entertainment law in the future SKIZA
forums. The legal assistance will empower
arsts when to negoate their contracts
from a more informed view.
Google Launches Site To Fight Online Piracy
By Cyrus Kinyungu
s criminal shi from analogue
to digital piracy giant online
search engine Google has
developed new technology to fight the vice
online. Google recently launched a content
protecon hub that can help right holders
to protect their content online.This
"Content Protecon Hub" provides an
overview of our an-piracy principles and
approach to combang online copyright
infringement, and includes helpful
stascs, descripons of our policies, and
tools that rights holders can use to protect
their content across all of our products,
says Mr Michael Murungi Google's Policy &
Government Relaons Manager for East
The website
gives the rights holders the tools they need
to help them fight digital piracy. Through
the site, right holders can submit copyright
infringement claims using webforms
provided online. When Google gets large
number of valid noces for a site, the site is
demoted. Google says that on average 500
sites are demoted every week while over 3
billion URLs that infringed copyright have
been completely removed from search.
It says it helps demoneze stolen
content by cung off adversing revenue
adding it has removed over 91,000
domains from its adversing network for
abusing copyrighted material.
“In Google play our policies prohibit
apps that infringe copyright, encourage
illegal streaming or aempt to deceive
users by impersonang other apps.
Creators and rights holders can also nofy
us about content on play that infringes on
their rights,says google on this site.
It says that in 2017 they took down
250,000 apps that violated their policies.
On Youtube, Google says it has
invested over $100 million in content ID
which compares uploaded content against
a huge database of copyrighted materials.
“If a match is found, rights holders can
choose to track, moneze or remove copies
of their work. This gives owners control
over their content and helps create a whole
new revenue stream, it says. “Pirated
content is a lot less appealing when
legimate opons are easy to find. That's
why we constantly improve search so users
can quickly discover and access authenc
sources of content, such as legal streaming
opons and local cinema mes, Google
Music stakeholders give views on
CMOs licensing
By. Cyrus Kinyungu
undreds of stakeholders in
the music industry flooded
the NHIF Auditorium on
September 11 to give their views on the
CMOs they wanted licensed by Kenya
Copyright Board (KECOBO) to collect
royales. The musicians started arriving as
early as 7am with the hall filling to capacity
by 10am.
The stakeholders in the music industry
and members of the public had been
invited by Kenya Copyright Board to give
their views and comments about seven
organizaons who had expressed interest
to get licenses to operate as collecve
management organisaons.But even as the
stakeholders were giving their views during
the meeng, dozens of others who did not
get an opportunity to aend the event sent
their views on email to KECOBO. Many
others delivered their wrien views to the
Board's offices. The stakeholders had unl
September 14 to give their comments
about the CMOs they wanted licensed.
T h e o r g a n i s a o n s w h i c h h a d
expressed interest to operate as CMOs and
who were given a chance to present during
the event included; Music Copyright
Society of Kenya, Music Publishers
Associaon of Kenya, Kenya Associaon of
Music Producers, Performance Rights
Society of Kenya, Naonal Music Copyright
Society, Music Composers associaon and
KECOBO execuve Director Mr Edward
Sigei promised that the Board will be fair in
its evaluaon of those top award licenses to
operate as CMOs. “I appreciate your frank
and clear comments. But when you are in
wrong you must also be ready to accept it,
Mr Sigei told the stakeholders. He said the
Board will fo llow th e law a nd the
regulaons to the leer when awarding the
licenses.“It is your responsibility to clean
the vices in your CMOs. The arsts are fed
They want most of the money collected
by CMOs to reach them,he said.Mr Sigei
noted that the Copyright Amendment Bill
2017, which was passed by the Naonal
assembly and passed on to Senate would
help in the beer management of
CMOs.The new law allows us to deal with
issues in the CMOs surgically,he noted.
DagoreSouth Member of Parliament
John Kiarie (KJ) challenged arsts to take a
keen interest in their affairs. He noted that
when laws affecng them are being made,
there have been no memorandums to
Parliament from arsts.
Stakeholders in the music industry follow proceedings keenly during the public participation forum on licensing of
CMOs on September 11 at NHIF Auditorium.
Dagoreti South MP John Kiarie KJ (left) shakes hands with KECOBO director Dr Isaac Rutenberg as KECOBO executive
Director Mr Edward Sigei (Centre) looks on during the public participation forum on licensing of CMOs
on September 11 at NHIF Auditorium.