On November 15th, 2021, the National Assembly received a Copyright Amendment Bill 2021, from Hon. Gladys Wanga, Women Rep Homa Bay. This Bill should annoy any creative entrepreneur especially rights holders in the music and entertainment industry. These include musicians, songwriters, music producers, film producers,... Read More
Recently there has been an interesting Trademark registration by the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General, Francis Atwoli. He is known for using the phrase “Alaaa” whenever he reacts or makes remarks in public or media speaking engagements. It’s a phrase popularly used... Read More
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If you have ever attended one of my IP law trainings, I am sure you have heard me talk about sponsored competition by corporates and other commercial entities. One of the easiest ways to be duped into creating work for free is through... Read More
National Olympics Committee - Kenya are the legal representatives of the International Olympic Committee. They are the assignees of all Olympic Games properties which must be licensed from them for any use by corporates or business entities.... Read More
In the past two days the internet has been buzzing over this video on the Kenyan vlogger's use of the Kenyan Anthem. The video was discussing their views on some of the greatest national anthems while sampling them for their audience. To their surprise their video... Read More
It has been a while since I blogged. Perhaps it is because I have been under the impression that Kenyans understand Intellectual Property Law and the rights system that surrounds it. I have been approached with interesting remarks about how IP rights are so obvious... Read More
Books seized by KECOBO on the 22nd of March 2017.
It is no secret that the book publishing industry in Kenya has suffered huge losses to the cartels that pirate their books. Recently, the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) seized over 10,000 books... Read More
I had a very interesting afternoon today. I attended the side event being hosted by HEVA Fund in partnership with UNCTAD14, HIVOS, UNDP, USAID and FORUM SYD. Having been an active lawyer in the Kenyan creative economy for close to 6 years now, I am... 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
Promoting sustainable creative entrepreneurship
Craft Afrika is set to host the annual Afrika Handmade Symposium and Gallery. The two week event launches on 30 September with special guest Hon. Adan Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Industry and Enterprise Development, and runs until 16 October 2015 at Alliance Francaise,... Read More
As the media is re-visiting the issue of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), I was humbled to be interviewed on CCTV Global Business. The contention around GMOs in Kenya has been highly focused on the impact they may have a consumer’s health that we are not... 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
Today marks the last day of voting.
The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) will be holding it's 4th Kenyan Bloggers Awards popularly known as BAKE Awards on the 2nd May 2015 at Nairobi's Intercontinental Hotel. The initiative by the association is to boost and support local... 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
When I was growing up, children were mostly notorious for being notorious. Our past times were mostly spent playing out-door games and climbing avocado trees in our neigbours’ yards. It was almost unfathomable that a simple child could think outside the box and offer solutions... 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
An ongoing writing competition Hadithi Za Gibebe.
One of the toughest things faced by a creative is to get discovered. With regards to creative industries, in my view, talent is only half of the equation. The other half lies in one’s modus... Read More