copyright in Kenya


The economy of Kenya is flooded with a lot of work. getting to own your work as the owner needs to register a copyright. Copyright is a legal right created by the law of a country, that grants the creator of an original work rights to its use and distribution, usually for a limited time, with the intention of enabling the creator (e.g., the photographer of a photograph or the author of a book) to receive compensation for their intellectual effort

Which law governs copyrights in Kenya?

The Copyright Act- Act No. 12 of 2001.

Which institution is tasked with registration of copyright in Kenya?

The Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO)

The Board is located on NHIF Building, 5th Floor

The Board’s main functions include, directing, co-ordinate and overseeing the implementation of laws and international treaties and conventions to which Kenya is a party and which relate to copyright and other rights recognized by this Act and ensure the observance thereof

subject matter of copyright?

Section 22 of the Act provides the following works as being eligible for copyright:

Musical Works;

Audio Visual Works;

Sound Recordings;


The steps for registration of copyright are as follows:

Step 1: Collect the registration forms from the Kenya Copyright Board offices

Step 2: Fill in the relevant details

NB: Any such person purporting to register a work as an authorized agent, s/he is required to produce an authority letter authorizing him/her to act as such agent and a copy of his/her National ID

Step 3: Have the forms commissioned by a Commissioner for Oaths.

Step 4: Attach two ORIGINAL copies of the work.

Step 5: Deposit the prescribed registration fee in the bank account of the Kenya Copyright Board

Step 6: Present the Bank Deposit Slip at the KECOBO reception, where a receipt of registration will be issued.

Step 7: The ORIGINAL “Certificate of Registration” will be issued within 5-7 days from the date of registration

the 5-7 days allow for the process of verification of the copyright works offered for registration.

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