The Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) is a State Corporation under the Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Justice. It was established by Section 3 of the Copyright Act 2001.
The Act mandated the Kenya Copyright Board to administer and enforce copyright and related rights. The Board is responsible for organizing legislation on copyright and related rights. It also conducts training programmes on copyright and related rights.
The Kenya Copyright Board also enlightens and informs the public on matters related to copyright. Further, it licenses and supervises the activities of collective management societies.
More so, the Board maintains an effective databank on authors and their works.
The Kenya Copyright Board is comprised of members drawn from both the public and private sectors.
The composition of the Kenya Copyright Board
The Composition of the Board is as follows:
- one member nominated by registered software associations;
- one member nominated by registered musicians’ associations;
- one member nominated by registered filming associations;
- two members nominated by publishers, authors and writers associations;
- one member nominated by performing artistes associations;
- one member nominated by public universities;
- one member nominated by registered associations of producers of sound recordings;
- one member nominated by registered associations of broadcasting stations;
- one member nominated by producers and distributors of audio-visual works;
- the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry responsible for matters relating to broadcasting or their representative;
- the Attorney-General or their representative;
- the Commissioner of Police or their representative;
- the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry responsible for matters relating to home affairs, heritage and Sports or their representative;
- the Permanent Secretary to the Treasury or their representative;
- the Executive Director of the Board (appointed under section 11 of the Copyright Act); and
- not more than four other members appointed by the Minister by virtue of their knowledge and expertise in matters relating to copyright and other related rights.
The Cabinet Secretary responsible for matters relating to copyright and related rights should appoint a chairperson from among the members appointed above.
The functions of the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO)
The major functions of the Board are to:
- Direct, coordinate and oversee the implementation of the laws and international treaties and conventions to which Kenya is a party to and which relate to copyright and other rights recognized by the Copyright Act and ensure the observance thereof.
- License and supervise the activities of Collective Management Organisations as provided for under the Copyright Act.
- Device and implement training programmes on copyright and related rights.
- Constant review of the copyright and related rights law.
- Enlighten and inform the public on matters relating to copyright and related rights.
- Maintain an effective databank on authors and their works;
- administer all matters of copyright and related rights in Kenya as provided for under the Copyright Act, and deal with ancillary matters connected with its functions under the Act.
- Ensure the protection of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions.
Mission, Vision and Core Values
Mission: To promote the growth of the creative industries through effective administration and enforcement of copyright for socio-economic development in Kenya.
Vision: To be a world class agency for the administration and enforcement of copyright and management of traditional knowledge.
Principles And Core Values
Integrity – The management and other members of staff of KECOBO should ascribe to high standards of personal ethics and integrity in the conduct of the Board’s affairs.
Teamwork – The members of staff and the Board of Kenya Copyright Board should work with a joint spirit in their endeavour to achieve the set goals for the Board.
Accountability and Transparency – The Board should be accountable for its actions and decisions, accept responsibility for them and disclose the results in a transparent manner to its stakeholders. Further, the Board should facilitate access to information and ensure clarity and accuracy of its communications with the stakeholders.
Respect for diversity – The Kenya Copyright Board should uphold respect for diversity and avoid discrimination of any kind on account of gender, race, tribe, creed, colour or religion.
Customer focus – The Board should establish and maintain effective mutually beneficial relations with its customers by understanding and by prioritising their needs.
Excellence – The management and staff of KECOBO shall endeavour to observe high standards in the provision of service to its clients.
For more information about the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO), visit their website at copyright.go.ke