Court stops KECOBO from suspending licenses of MCSK and two others

by Wakili Liam
Edward Sigei, MD Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO)

The High Court has on Wednesday reinstated the licences of three Colletion Management Organisations (CMOs) for three months.

Justice Weldon Korir also directed that the royalties collected within the period must be accounted for.

“THAT the Respondents are directed to render an account of all royalties collected between 30th August,2021 to 3rd November, 2021 to the Petitioner and the Court on or before 30th November,2021”, Justice Korir said.

On the 24th August 2021, Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) suspended the licences of the three CMOs over fraud.

“This is to inform you that the Board of Directors of the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) has taken a decision to revoke license for three Collective Management Organisations namely Kenya Association of Music Producers (KAMP), Performers Rights Society of Kenya (PRISK), and the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) for failure to meet its licensing conditions,” KECOBO’s statement said in part.

MCSK challenged the decision in court.

Justice Korir has issued the interim order is issued pending interpartes hearing of the application on 3rd November,2021.

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