By Abdi Ali
Published February 7, 2018
Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) has been barred from conducting the business of Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) in Kenya.
Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO), that regulates CMOs, cites a 2017 high Court ruling that barred MCSK from collecting royalties as the basis of omitting it from the list of licensed CMOs.
Consequently, KECOBO advises business owners to deal only with licensed CMOs, which it lists as:
- Music Publishers Association of Kenya (MPAKE) that represents authors, composers, and publishers of musical works
- Performing Rights Society of Kenya (PRISK) that represents performers in music and dramatic works
- Kenya Association of Music Producers (KAMP) that represents producers of sound recordings, and
- Reprographic Rights Society of Kenya (KOPIKEN) that represents authors and publishers of literary works.