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Role and Functions of the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO)

Role and Functions of the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO)

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.

For more information about the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO), visit their website at copyright.go.ke

3 thoughts on “Role and Functions of the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO)”

  1. No. They just come, collect your musical work and then tell you that you are infringing copyright works.

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