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Twitter Streets: Hot Trends Today- May 28

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Posted: May 28, 2020

KECOBO, MCSK Blasted for Demanding Livestream Licenses from DJs

Kenya Copyright Board and Music Copyright Society of Kenya are under fire after the former intimated that Disc Jockeys (DJs) were infringing on content owners’ copyrights, by use of online broadcasts.

“Anyone who violates the exclusive rights of the copyright owner is an infringer of that copyright. When a DJ creates a live stream and starts broadcasting music to the Internet, he has become a radio station”, said KECOBO (in a now deleted post) via its official Twitter handle, adding that the DJs would be required to obtain special broadcast licenses either from copyright owners or Collective Management Organizations (CMOs).

This latest development comes in the wake of COVID-19, which has led to the shut down of entertainment joints and event cancellations -the DJs primary sources of income. In light of this, they have resorted to online operations via Facebook and Instagram Live, with displayed donation numbers to churn a living during these tough times.

“As DJs, we’re still trying to consult and understand this, but what we don’t get is why they’re bringing it up now. They haven’t engaged us directly, but we’re also still processing and consulting about it as DJs”, DJ Joe Mfalme said in a statement.

Here’s a look at KECOBO’s clarification statement this morning;

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