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The Copyright Act 2001: A New Era for Copyright Protection in Kenya
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2004
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July – September
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13 p.
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"A comprehensive review of the new Kenya 2001 Copyright Act, which was passed by the Kenyan Parliament, after several rounds of consultations between the government and the different stakeholders and industry players. It came into force in February 2003 and repealed the 1966 Copyright Act. The most distinctive new features of the new Copyright Act include the introduction of an anti-piracy security device; the registration and supervision of collective management societies in Kenya; the appointment of public prosecutors and inspectors who deal with copyright cases and help the enforcement of the rights protected under the Act; the provision of enhanced criminal sanctions; and the protection of rights management systems and technological protection measures. The author welcomes the 2001 Copyright Act as a step in the right direction, yet ″the success of the new law can only be seen if it is effectively enforced; a good law without the proper enforcement is of no use to those it seeks to protect. Along with the new law, Kenya needs to have strong mechanisms to fight piracy, a well educated population on matters of copyright and related rights, strong and efficient collective management societies, and a functional administrative infrastructure.″ (Hans M. Zell, Publishing, Books & Reading in Sub-Saharan Africa, 3d ed. 2008, nr. 1797)
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