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
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
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
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
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
Recently, the Nation newspaper put out an outrageous advertisement calling poets to send in their love inspired poetry to be featured on the 14th February 2014 and get this, they pay Kshs. 1,000 to have the poetry for the poetry to be published and a... 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
Selling mix-tapes: a possible legitimate venture?
One of my readers asked me a very important question... Read More
I have had the privilege to sit and chat with a few Kenyan tech-preneurs, I like to call them technovators, and it came to my attention that they are madly in love with patenting. Perhaps they are just too fascinated with the idea of exclusivity... Read More
Last year around November 13th, there was a fire that was lit on twitter, a fiery discourse between disk jockeys whom we popularly know as DJs and MCSK.
The trouble began to brew when the collective management society Music Copyright of Kenya (MCSK) announced the increase... Read More