Earlier this week, the Kenya Copyright Board started investigating British music production company, De Wolfe Limited, over infringement on the national anthem.
This was disclosed yesterday in a statement published by the Kenya Copyright Board.
“We’ll request for all content offending the National Anthem by De Wolfe and others to be taken down,” the board said.
The Kenya’s National Anthem is over 50 years old and has fallen into public domain.
Copyrights for sound recordings such as the National Anthem typically lasts 50 years while literary, musical or artistic work other than photographs, copyright lasts for the period of the life of the author plus 50 years.
In same regards, audio-visual works and photographs lasts 50 years from the end of the year in which the work was either made, first made available to the public, or first published, whichever date is the latest.
The board emphasized that “Given the place of National Anthem in any country and the provisions of the National Flags, Emblems and Names Act, there is additional protection of the anthem against misuse and improper use.”