Through a legal lense, the so called “Legal Notices” claiming an automatic clearance of the use of peoples’ images is now a laughable practice. Before the Data Protection Act was passed in Kenya, this was a practical strategy to an extent. However, we have seen... Read More
In 2008, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) reported a 13.9% growth rate of the cultural industries in Africa. Around this time, the digital space was still not as vibrant and as exploited as it is now. I was recently honoured to... Read More
Every action has a reaction and a repercussion. Online content creators as well as influencers need to exercise major caution with every click of a camera, video and the social media upload or enter button. Why? There are third party rights that are involved whenever... Read More
Where do I start? To put it mildly, the proposed piece of legislation by the Kenya Film Classification Board has got to be the joke of the century! I have read its contents and I am equally amused as I am dismayed and possibly heartbroken... Read More
We have all watched the video released by Elani #ElaniSpeaks a few days ago. There are a few issues I would love to blog about that came out in the video. However, for Part 1, I will start with the always controversial topic: Royalties and... Read More
This has been an interesting year for Kenyan music. We have had some great hits and some serious misses. I have been meaning to tackle the issue of seeking consent since earlier in the year when DJ Pierra released the song Wape a re-arrangement of... Read More
I recently attended a session hosted by Google-Kenya which was targeting local artists. I was very lucky to attend because we all know how elusive and exclusive Google seminars are. And I was even more elated to attend the seminar because I felt there are... Read More
Yesterday the 26th of April 2015 we marked the 15th World Intellectual Property Day all over the world. Two celebrations were held in Kenya; one in Nairobi and Mombasa on the 25th of April. Mombasa hosted this event for the first time and it was... Read More
Bruce Odhiambo and I at the YEDF office.
I recently had the pleasure of meeting and catching up with the Chairman of the Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF) Bruce Odhiambo at his office at the National Bank House, Harambee Avenue in Nairobi.... Read More
We all know what has been trending on social media and in the news this week; the state of Mzee Ojwang’ as he is popularly referred to. It is unfortunate of the trials he is currently going through and I do sympathize. However, I want... Read More
There is an English saying, “Imitation is the best form of flattery.” When I think about this saying I find myself contemplating on the state of African and Kenyan Fashion and the strides we are making in the intellectual property aspect of the fashion business.... Read More
I have to confess that I am pretty tickled and amused by the bulldozer tactics being adopted by our private broadcasters who for the longest time have been referred to as the “Big 3” in Kenya’s media industry.
Digital migration has been anticipated for the longest... Read More
In late 2013 a task force was commissioned by His Excellency to look into various government agencies and make recommendations that are meant to improve efficiency in their various sectors. The task force recommendations will see the merging of the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO), Kenya... Read More
Kingsley James, AFRIMA with the blogger Liz Lenjo during an interview session.
As Africa continues to appreciate and realize the value of intellectual property in the creative industries, it is rather obvious that we are yet to grasp the intricacies that come... Read More
I recently attended a workshop on the Audio-Visual industry hosted by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO). I meet a lot of interesting people in the film industry as well as learning a lot more about the industry. I... Read More
Come celebrate with us the World Intellectual Property Day 2014. This year's theme is rather timely. Movies- A Global Passion. Catching up with the Lupita Factor, it is time we sit down and address the state of the film industry and how we can fast... Read More
And the award for WORST ailment in the creative industry goes to... Read More
It is amazing what can happen when one believes in their talents and the capabilities. It is what we have seen as the case with some of the world’s greatest millionaires and big names in the world’s economy. Lupita’s Oscar win has me reflecting quite... Read More
Last year, a local hotel Nairobi Pacific moved the courts praying that the Kenya Association of Music Producers (KAMP) and Performers Rights Society of Kenya (PRISK) be restrained from entering their premises and ‘harassing’ them and collecting performance fees. Their argument was that since they... Read More
Whenever one remarks that ‘People perish for lack of knowledge’ most of us scoff at them. Perhaps because we are unaware of what this truly means. The casual manner in which creatives handle themselves is marred with ignorance. Ignorance of the law and ignorance of... Read More