How To Register A Copyright In Kenya

This is a guide on how to register a copyright in Kenya. The Kenya Copyright Board is the statutory body mandated with the overall administration and enforcement of copyright and related rights.

Copyright registration in Kenya is voluntary. Non-registration does not deny authors any rights under the Copyright Act.

The Kenya Copyright Board registers literary, musical or artistic works, audio-visual works, sound recordings and broadcasts.

Ownership of Copyright

The first owner of a copyright work vests in the person who creates it. Like any other moveable property, copyright can be transferred through sale, licenses and testamentary disposition.

Under the Copyright Law;

  • In the case of 2 authors, the 2 shall be known as the joint authors of the work.
  • In the case of works created for hire or under a contract of employment, unless otherwise stated in a contract, the employer is the person who commissioned the work and shall be the owner of the work.
  • In the case of a film, the principal director and the film producer are joint authors and the first owners of the copyright.
  • In the case of a sound recording, the author and first owner of the copyright is the record producer, in the case of a broadcast, the broadcaster and in the case of a published edition, the publisher.
  • Copyright in materials produced by a government department belongs to the government.

How To A Register Copyright In Kenya

1. Go to using your desktop computer, laptop or smartphone.

2. Create an account and then upload your work. You can either create an individual account or a corporate account.

3. Receive a validation code.

4. Enter the code and complete the account creation process.

5. Log in and proceed with the registration.

6. Once the registration is successful, you will receive a certificate of registration within 5-7 working days.

Kenya Copyright Board Contacts

Location: 5th Floor, NHIF Building, Community Ragati Road/ Ngong Road, Nairobi.

Contacts: 0713 761 758/ 020 253 3869.

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