Kemya Copyright Board (KECOBO) has approved the Music Publishers Association of Kenya (MPAKE) application after Music Copyright Society of Kenya Limited (MCSK) failed to renew their license. This has been applauded by Artistes and those in the industry allowing the new organization to collect royalties on behalf of composers, authors and publishers for the next one year.
According to a statement sent to news rooms as reported by Standard Digital today the decision to deny MCSK a license was approved after applications from MPAKE and National Music Copyright Society of Kenya Limited (NAMCOS). The statement was sent by KECOBO who are in charge of issuing licenses to such organizations.
MCSK had earlier been denied the license to collect royalties after it failed to provide a list of it’s members and an audited financial statement with amounts collected in royalties for the year 2016. According to KECOBO, MCSK had only paid 13% of all its royalties compared to 30% in the previous years.
KECOBO Executive Director Edward Sigei noted that allowances and advances were being given to directors by MCSK amounting to millions without authorization from the annual general meeting. He also reported that MCSK had 10 bank accounts which were leading to unnecessary expenditure. MPAKE starts operating immediately as MCSK has finally lost on this one.