2ND AUGUST 2021
MUSIC COPYRIGHT SOCIETY OF KENYA’S STATEMENT ON KENYA COPYRIGHT BOARD’S LONG STANDING UNFAIR AND ILL INTENDED REGULATION OF COLLECTIVE MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATIONS.
Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) wishes to shed light into the poor and biased regulatory environment it has been subjected to by Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO).
MCSK would like to call upon the public and most importantly its members to carefully go through the facts highlighted here. Some date as far as 2016 but have a compounding effect on some of the issues we are currently facing. MCSK would also like to assure its members, users of copyrighted works and the general public that we execute our mandate of collecting and distributing royalties as per the established laws, regulations and policies.
It is also important to note that MCSK represents not less than 20,000 Right Holders Citizens of Kenya and Millions of resident and non-resident Right Holders of Intellectual Property (Copyright and Related Rights) in the Republic of Kenya. MCSK further draws its power from the Constitution of Kenya which provides for protection of right to property to every person either individually or in association with others, to acquire and own property of any description and in any part of Kenya. It further provides that the State shall support, promote, and protect the Intellectual Property rights of the people of Kenya.