As part of CIPIT’s daily interactions with creatives, the Centre is embarking on an Intellectual Property explainer series. Tailor-made for creators. No legalese, no jargon. Just practical information. The main focus of these blogs is the various Collective Management Organisations (CMO’s) that operate in Kenya. In this blog, Cynthia Nzuki, introduces what CMO’s are, what they do and whether they are effectively and efficiently managing copyright on behalf of their members.
By Cynthia Nzuki*
Collective Management Organizations (CMOs) are private not-for-profit entities licensed to collect and distribute royalties for and among its members. In Kenya, there are presently five main CMO’s licensed by the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO), as mandated by the Copyright Act of Kenya. They are:
- The Reproduction Rights Society of Kenya (KOPIKEN),
- Kenya Association of Music Producers (KAMP),
- Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) (license here), and
- The Performers Rights Society of Kenya (PRiSK) (joint license here).
Over the years, these organizations have received a lot of criticism for alleged misappropriation and unscrupulous handling of their members’ revenue; some more than others.