Kenya Association of Music Producers secures operating license after a standoff
The Kenya Association of Music Producers (KAMP) has received its collective management operating license for 2023 from the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO), after months of negotiations that threatened to derail the process.
Just five days ago, the two bodies were in a standoff as KECOBO demanded for access to KAMP’s members’ data, which KAMP rejected.
KECOBO, which regulates the overall administration and enforcement of copyright and related rights in the country in line with the existing Copyright Act, demanded that KAMP hand over all of its members’ data as a precondition for getting an operating license from the Board.
“It has indeed been a long and arduous process, and we have emerged victorious. We are proud to note that, in pursuit of this license, our organization has retained the integrity of our membership data and that no additional data was given to the regulator in exchange for the license,” Angela Ndambuki, Chairperson of KAMP said in a press release.
The relieved chairperson went on to say, “This license allows KAMP to better represent the interests of its members and manage the protection and effective enforcement of their music rights. As the collective management organization for the recorded music industry in Kenya, KAMP is committed to protecting the rights of our members and providing them with the best possible service.”
The breakthrough came after a meeting between the KECOBO Executive Director and the Chairperson and CEO of KAMP earlier this week, the regulator sought clarification on the nature of data captured in KAMP systems.
Both parties agreed to abide by the Data Protection Act and ensure that all member details are within the custody of KAMP.
“KAMP is committed to upholding the highest standards of transparency and integrity in our work with both members and regulators. We are delighted to have achieved this milestone and commit to providing a professional, reliable, and effective service to our members,” said Cs Maurice Okoth, CEO, KAMP.
“We plan to increase our collections to ensure our members receive more royalties. The broadcasters owe us over KES 300 million and we shall be collecting these arrears to distribute to our members during the next distribution scheduled for March 2023. We therefore urge all broadcasters to be compliant,” he added.