Kenya is mulling changes to the law to protect State symbols following claims that a British firm had exclusive rights to the National Anthem.
Kenya is mulling changes to the law to protect State symbols following claims that a British firm had exclusive rights to the National Anthem. The claims, which were denied by British firm De Wolfe Music on Tuesday, had caused public outrage prompting the response issued by the Kenya Copyright Board (Kecobo).While Kecobo acknowledged that the country had lost rights to the National Anthem after the expiry of its copyright, it insisted that De Wolfe could not claim exclusive rights to the anthem in its original form or the rendition the firm had recorded.“Arising out of this incident, there is need to further secure the use of national symbols by making amendments to the Copyright Act to expressly state that even where copyright in certain works is expired, the use of such works shall still be subject to authorisation as required under the National Flags, Symbols and Names Act,” read the statement.
- Moses Michira
- Posted on: 07th Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT +0300