Academics contribute to a stakeholder forum on collective rights management regulations in Kenya

Dr Smita Kheria, Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law, and Mr Nicolas Jondet, researcher with the SCRIPT Research Centre, provided an international perspective on collective rights management in a stakeholder forum, in Nairobi, organised by the Kenya Copyright Board. The Kenya Copyright Board is holding several stakeholder forums with a view to establishing a workable a regulatory framework that promotes transparency, accountability and good governance among Kenyan Collective Management Organizations (CMOs).  

The Kenya Copyright Board is holding several stakeholder forums with a view to establishing a workable a regulatory framework that promotes transparency, accountability and good governance among Kenyan Collective Management Organizations (CMOs).

Dr Kheria and Mr Jondet contributed to the first stakeholder forum held in Nairobi on 21 February 2017 and provided an international perspective on the regulation of CMOs and commented on the draft regulations proposed by the Kenya Copyright board. The stakeholder forum was attended by artist members of CMOs in Kenya, representatives of CMOs, as well as representatives of users who obtain licences from CMOS.

Dr Kheria provided an overview of recent legal developments in collective rights management in the European Union and the adoption of Directive 2014/26/EU on collective rights management. She focussed on the framework for governance of CMOs and the rights and roles of artist members and CMOs, and highlighted how relevant provisions have been implemented in the United Kingdom in 2016.

Mr Jondet focussed on the provisions on revenue management by CMOs and desirable transparency standards. He highlighted how such provisions have been recently implemented in France and gave an historical overview of the origin of CMOs in France.

Further information
Dr Smita Kheria's profile page
Mr Nicolas Jondet’s website
SCRIPT Centre for IT and IP law at Edinburgh Law School