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ISSUE 25
PUBLISHING INDUSTRY
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KECOBO on a Noble Cause to Nurture Talents Among
Mentally Handicapped Children
Over 200 students from Friends
Kaimosi Special School for the mentally
handicapped have beneted from a
donation by Kenya Copyright Board aimed
at nurturing their talents in music, art and
fashion design.
As part of Kenya Copyright Boards
(KECOBO) Corporate Social
Responsibility (CSR), the Board donated
musical instruments, kniing and sewing
machines, drawing materials and assorted
foodstu to the school that caters for the
mentally handicapped children. e CSR
team worked closely with KECOBO’s
gender and disability commiee to make
the event a success.
e items donated included guitars,
tambourines, percussion instruments,
tailoring and fashion design tools that
included sewing and kniing machines,
drawing and art materials that included
colours, brushes, art books, drawing papers,
crayons, pens and assorted food stu.
e excited children and school sta
danced as they sang praise and worship
songs beating drums and playing guitars
which were part of the items donated
by KECOBO. ey also mingled with
KECOBO sta as they enjoyed drinks,
sweets and snacks donated by the Board.
“e items donated to the school were
picked to help nurture creative talents
among the children in the areas of Music, Art
and Fashion design,” KECOBO’s executive
Director Mr Edward Sigei explained. e
Board, in its mandate of administration
and enforcement of copyright and related
rights, deals with creatives in the various
sectors including music, art, fashion design,
book trade and architecture among other
areas.
ese children, who have special needs,
may not be good in academics but the items
donated can help nurture their talents in
the creative industry, noted KECOBO’s
nance manager Mr Fred Mutuku.
e school’s Principal Mr Arthur Injenga
said: “e items donated will go a long way
in the training of students in the dierent
areas targeted. We thank Kenya Copyright
Board for remembering these special
children.
Mr Injenga, who is also the national
chairman of the Special Schools Heads
Association of Kenya (SSHAK), noted
that KECOBO’s gesture was an exceptional
move adding rarely are such students
remembered by the society.
He called on more organizations and
corporates to remember the special needs
students who are at times neglected even by
some of their parents.
Seized Pirated Electronic Material Worth Over Sh10m
Destroyed
By. Cyrus Kinyungu
By. Cyrus Kinyungu
e Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO)
has destroyed seized pirated electronic
goods worth Sh14m at the Waste Electrical
and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
Centre in Embakasi, Nairobi. WEEE centre
handled the material in an Eco-Friendly
way.
e items that comprised of CDs, DVDs,
VCDs, decoders, satellite dishes and cables
among other items were destroyed. e
destroyed items, which weighed more
than two tonnes, were seized by copyright
inspectors from KECOBO for infringing
on copyright and aer the suspects were
prosecuted and courts authorized their
destruction.
Kenya Copyright Board Executive Director
Mr Edward Sigei said only materials whose
cases have been nalized in court were
destroyed.
“e materials were obtained from raids
conducted by copyright inspectors over the
last 10 months,” said Mr Sigei.
As a responsible State Agency,” Mr Sigei
said, “KECOBO opted to destroy the
materials in an environmentally friendly
way while still sending a strong message to
those who infringe on copyright that piracy
is a crime and it does not pay.
He warned that the Copyright Act is being
enhanced so that the Board is empowered
to deal with copyright infringement cases
in a beer way. e amendments, he said,
will make piracy more expensive and more
painful for the criminals.
“Piracy is a big threat to our economy. We
shall do all within our means to ght the
vice and ensure artists and creators earn
a decent living from their work,” Mr Sigei
vowed.
e principal of Friends Kaimosi Special School for the Mentally Handicapped Children Mr Arthur Injenga (right)
and his pupils try their hands in playing guitars, drums and other percussion instruments donated by Kenya
Copyright Board towards nurturing students’ talents. is was part of the Board’s Corporate Social Responsibility.