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Two suspects have been arrested and a major African piracy ring broken up following a raid of its premises in Cairo by the Egyptian Cybercrimes Unit. It follows a joint investigation by African pay-TV operators, security specialist Irdeto, the Egyptian Cybercrime Unit and the Egyptian Ministry of Interior. The two suspects have been remanded in custody, pending a court appearance. The arrests mark the culmination of one of the largest investigations into a large-scale smart card sharing piracy network.
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-The world has shifted to a knowledge based economy where intellectual property plays a very crucial role especially for developing countries
-It is important to have the proper legal framework as well institutions set up for the management and effective protection of copyright and related rights. Law reform at an advanced stage and included stakeholder participation. Review seeks to ensure that the law is in line with the current developments both at local and international level.
-Constitution recognises the role of copyright and related rights and provides for protection as well a nurturing of the copyright industries
-Government of Kenya recognises the importance of copyright and related rights and this is captured to a certain extent in Vision 2030, MTPII and the Jubileee Manifesto
-His Excellency the President has on several occasions made pronouncements on government support for the creative industries including the Groove Awards in 2013.
-Role of the Ministry of Sports Culture and the Arts and how it can work with the Kenya Copyright Board
-Need to fight the unauthorised commercial use of copyright and related rights otherwise known as copyright piracy
-Copyright in the digital environment: Collective management of copyright and related rights in the digital environment; discussion facilitated by the KECOBO between the CMOs and the uses such as the mobile phone companies, Premium Rate Service Providers. Talks ongoing to determine the appropriate rates payable in royalties
-The Kenya Board is mandated to deal with the administration and enforcement of copyright and related rights in Kenya.
-Countries that have put in place proper legal and administrative structures such as the China, Japan, Australia, Senegal, India and Nigeria to name a few have a vibrant creative industry which contributes to the economic development through the creation of intellectual capital
-In the United States of America, the creative industries contribute in 2012, the The core copyright industries employed near- ly 5.4 million workers in 2012, accounting for 4.04% of the entire U.S. workforce, and 4.83% of total private employment in the U.S. Valued at US$ 1.765 Trillion in 2012! Contribution to GDP was 11.25%
-Industry that Kenya cannot afford to ignore; it is notable that when Nigeria was re-basing the indicators for economic growth, the creative industries and those interdependent on the creative industries such as the telecommunications, contributed significantly making it the largest economy in Africa
-In Kenya it account for 5.3% of the GDP as per the 2007 study and contributes to 3.3% of the employment
-We need to facilitate this industry especially in line with the Government Policy to create employment especially for the youth
-The Office of the Attorney General, through the Kenya Copyright Board has provided the institutional and legal framework for the protection of copyright and related rights
-There has been a significant growth in the said industries in the last decade especially in light of the digital technologies
-ICT relies on creativity and innovation Examples are Ihub, the various collaborative initiatives by Microsoft and the ICT Authority,
-Seeking constructive collaboration to enhance the creative industries through ICT in line with the Jubilee Manifesto
-The youth form a large part of the creative economy and this need to be supported
-Need to protect the industry by providing for effective enforcement of the rights
-Biggest challenge is lack of understanding especially of the creative sector, lack of collaboration within the government agencies
-The board constituted an inter-ministerial committee in 2012 comprising of members drawn from KEPHIS, Ministry of Culture, Sports & the Arts, KIPI, National Commission of Science & Technology and National Museums of Kenya.
-The committee was tasked with coming up with a legislation on the protection of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions. It is currently in drafting stage at the OAG&DOG.
-This legislative framework has encompassed Article 11, 40.5 and 69 of the Constitution; this law will regulate and implement the cultural industries in Kenya.
-Important to have collaborative partnerships among the various government agencies that deal with creativity and innovation. It is an industry that is crucial for economic growth and development and should be supported accordingly.
-Role of Competent Authority
-“Cultural industry products are thus valued for immaterial attributes that are the product of creativity and innovation. They are products characterized by and valued for their creators’ intellectual output.” (Dominic Power, June 2008)
-In the Kenya, investment is still to be made in the infrastructural components that a creative economy requires such as a CD plants for music, or sound stages and studios for film and television; and in distribution outlets, such as performance halls and galleries, retail outlets; and in business talent development such as artist managers and promoters, and specialists such as curators, performance technicians.
-The creative industries sector in Kenya is predicted to become a key catalyst to Kenya’s overall economic growth by doubling its contribution to GDP and employment to 10% by 2017, in line with the 2030 Vision midterm plan development goals
-With better inter-ministerial coordination Kenya has the potential to drive and coordinate strategic activities across all creative sectors and with Kenyan industry and education institutions in order to achieve this goal.
-The output would be the development of a road map to position the local creative industries as a catalyst for a Kenyan knowledge society
- The 17th Nairobi International Book Fair, Sarit Centre Expo Hall Westland’s Nairobi (24.09.2014)
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