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Copyright board destroys fake electronic gadgets

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY CHRISPINUS WEKESA

The Kenya Copyright Board in partnership with Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Centre yesterday destroyed over one tonne of assorted impounded material.

The material included illegal music CDs, DVD duplicators, VHS machines, TV broadcast decoders and receivers used in the illegal distribution of TV broadcast signals.

The Weee Centre is situated at the Silverstone Godown along 4 North Airport Road, off Mombasa Road, Nairobi. The board said it estimates the level of piracy in the music and broadcast industry to be over 98 per cent.  

“The high levels are an impediment to the growth and development of the creative industries as pirates live off other people’s intellectual property and curtail the development of the industry,” said Kenya Copy Right Board Executive Director Marisela Ouma.

He said in the last one year, more than 120 cases of piracy have been investigated and 108 prosecuted and concluded. Marisela said the board will continue to liaise with stakeholders and law enforcement agencies to ensure piracy levels are reduced.