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MCSK Refutes Accusations of Misappropriation of Funds by Copyright Board

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The Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) has addressed allegations raised by the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) regarding the distribution of royalties to its 16,000 members. MCSK emphasized its adherence to legal requirements and internal distribution protocols.

According to MCSK, the distribution process commenced on January 25, 2024, and will continue until March 29, 2024. This process follows specific criteria outlined in a public notice published in national dailies on January 19, 2024. Alfred Mutua, speaking on behalf of MCSK, stated that the notice was also disseminated via social media platforms to ensure members were well-informed.

Mutua underscored the significance of the three-month distribution period, allowing members to update their music catalogues and personal details, such as bank accounts, M-Pesa numbers, and KRA Pins. He highlighted positive feedback from members and emphasized the transparency maintained throughout the distribution process.

Expressing concern over circulating documents questioning the distribution amounts, MCSK refuted allegations of misappropriation. Mutua questioned the selective scrutiny faced by MCSK, compared to other Collective Management Organizations (CMOs), which had not faced similar examination.

MCSK contested KECOBO’s assertion based on the “70% rule,” arguing that it lacked support from copyright laws or regulations. The organization acknowledged past challenges with low royalties but emphasized improvements made in the current distribution process.

MCSK pledged to pursue legal action against KECOBO and reiterated its commitment to resist pressure from corrupt entities exploiting artists. Additionally, MCSK called for police enforcement to recover over Ksh2B owed by users of copyrighted musical works.

Emphasizing its status as a private entity, MCSK stressed its independence from government funding or intervention. The organization questioned the government’s involvement in its operations and advocated for an environment conducive to the thriving of private companies.

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