Amendment Bill of the Kenya Copyright Act No 12 of 2001: What you need to know

The Copyright Act No. 12 of 2001 (Amendment Bill), 2018 was brought into parliament by the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) in conjunction with its partners. The bill was published on 10th April 2018 and by the time of writing this article it had gone through the first reading. The amendment bill seeks to incorporate provisions of the digital environment (internet). The bill was introduced to find a way of dealing with copyright infringement/violation in the digital era, something that was missing in the old act.

2018 amendment bill to the kenya Copyright Act of 2001

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Summary of what is contained the amendment bill to the Copyright Act of 2001


The amendment that is entering its second reading in parliament introduces new provisions on computer programs, technological protection measures, digital rights management and limitation of publication of live performances as well as Internet Service  Providers (ISPs).

  • Computer programs section looks into software copyrights
  • Live performances tries to address matters to do with with rights to live streaming
  • Digital rights management seems to bee the section that targets bloggers

To get a clear understand and details of the Kenya Copyright Act No 12 of 2001 amendment bill  that seeks to deal with digital piracy in kenya, download document from : downloads


NOTE: If  you have any presentation that you want to submit on the amendment bill of the copyright act of 2001, forward to the clerk of the national assembly before  14th May 2018. Email to use for submission is or hand delver it to the Office of the Clerk, Main Parliament Buildings, Nairobi.

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