The Kenya Copyright Board has announced it will resume charging for copyright registration.
The Board says the fees will be collected from July 1, which means the free copyright registration will be free for the next month.
The Board is required under the Copyright Act to maintain a data bank of authors and their works by registering copyright works. This registration is voluntary.
However, non-registration does not deny authors any rights under the Copyright Act.
Registering copyright works ensures the existence of a public record of owners/authors. The certificate of registration also serves as evidence of ownership of a copyright. It could also be used as collateral in a bank or any other lending institution if one wants to access a loan.
|S. No.||Services offered||Natural persons||Corporate entities|
|1||Copyright registration per work Copyright registration per software registration||KES 100 KES 100||KES 500 KES 1000|
|2||Application to amend name or address of copyright holder||KES 100||KES 300|
|3||Application for recordal of license or assignment in the copyright register||KES 5000||KES 10000|
|4||Application to have a change of ownership or a registered copyright||KES 100||KES 100|
|5||Request for a certified copy of documents held by the Board||KES 500||KES 1000|
|6||Request for uncertified copies of documents held by the Board||KES 300||KES 500|
|7||Request for a copy of lost/destroyed certificate of registration/registered copyright work||KES 200||KES 500|
|8||Expedited Copyright Registration within 12 working hours (in addition to relevant registration fees)||KES 300||KES 500|
|9||Application for registration of new Collective Management Organization||–||KES 250K|
|10||Application for renewal of registration of a Collective Management Organizations||–||KES 100 per member on the CMO register subject to a minimum fee of KES 200K|
|11||Application for authentication device subject to a minimum of 100 pieces||KES 4||KES 4|
Registering a copyright
- Go to nrr.copyright.go.ke
- Create an account and then upload your work. You can either create an individual account or a corporate account.
- Receive a validation code
- Enter the code and complete the account creation process
- Log in and proceed with the registration.