The Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) has declined to renew the license of the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) for this year. MCSK represents authors, composers and publishers, must cease collecting royalties on behalf of artists.
According to reports, MCSK failed to provide a list of its members, its audited financial statements for 2016, and the amounts it received in royalties.
KECOBO says the documents are mandatory to determine sustainability to function as a collecting society in line with copyright laws of Kenya. As a result, the Board of Directors of KECEBO took a decision not to renew MCSK’s licence as an assessment of MCSK’s performance was not possible..
“These are mandatory documents required to determine suitability to function as a collecting society as directed by copyright laws,” said KECOBO Executive Director Edward Sigei”
Mr. Sigei also stated that “MCSK failed to produce their audited accounts even after being invited two times since October last year to do so by the legal and technical affairs committee of the board.
The decision follows an exposé by The Standard newspaper which highlighted the challenges Kenyan artists have faced in their dealings with MCSK. A number of Kenyan artists have accused MCSK of unfairly paying out royalties and misappropriating members’ money.
KECOBO renewed licences for the Kenya Association of Music Producers, which represents Producer, which represents producers, and Performers Rights Society of Kenya, resenting performers.