Raila pays Ksh.562,000 to MCSK for greenlight to play music during campaigns

Raila pays Ksh.562,000 to MCSK for greenlight to play music during campaigns

  • This was in accordance with Section 38(c) of the Kenya Copyright Act 2021, which states that any person who causes a literary or musical work, an audio-visual work, or a sound recording to be performed in public while copyright exists in such a work is guilty of an infringement of that copyright.

The Azimio-One Kenya leader Raila Odinga has paid the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) Ksh 526,000 to acquire license to play music during his presidential campaigns.

This was in accordance with Section 38(c) of the Kenya Copyright Act 2021, which states that any person who causes a literary or musical work, an audio-visual work, or a sound recording to be performed in public while copyright exists in such a work is guilty of an infringement of that copyright.

On May 7, through the organization's Senior Licensing Officer David Kiragu, Odinga's daughter Winnie Odinga, who was acting as his representative, remitted the funds to the organization.

"It is gratifying to see that presidential candidates are complying with the Copyright Law by paying for music ised in their political campaigns," said MCSK on Twitter.

"We thank Winnie Odinga and the entire Raila Odinga Presidential team for this gesture and urge other political candidates to emulate them by making payments for the use of copyrighted musical works in their campaigns."

According to MCSK, Raila is now free to use local international music in his campaigns to woo voters ahead of the August elections.

He is the first presidential candidate to follow the MCSK's Copyright Act 2021 guidelines.

Offenders face a maximum fine of Sh500,000 or a four-year prison sentence, or both.

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