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Skiza or “sikiza” is the Kiswahili word for listen or pay attention. Skiza Tunes is a caller ring back tone service run by local mobile network operator Safaricom. Since the platform provides Safaricom subscribers with access to caller ring back tunes this service falls within the scope of copyright licensing. The licensing of and collection of royalties from Skiza has been the subject of several court battles since the introduction of s30A of the Copyright Act through the Statute Law Miscellaneous Amendments Act of 2012. This section provides for the right to a single equitable remuneration for the use of sound recordings and audio-visual works to be licensed directly by two collective management organisations (CMOs) namely PRiSK (Performers Rights Society of Kenya) and KAMP (Kenya Association of Music Producers).