COLLECTIVE management organisations Prisk and Kamp have taken five media houses to court for allegedly infringing on performers and producers copyrights.
The two bodies have said that they have taken the action of suing KTN, Citizen TV, K24, KBC TV and NTV for their failure to pay for the due royalties. Via summon letters to the respective five stations, they are required to appear in court in 15 days-time, failure to which an action will be taken against them.
“Should you fail to enter an appearance within the time mentioned above, the Plaintiff (Prisk and Kamp) may proceed with the suit and judgement maybe given in your absence,” read a part of the summon papers issued by the High Court of Kenya on Tuesday last week.
“It's about time all users of sound and audio-visual recordings took copyright law seriously and the time is now. No one in Kenya will ever use copyrighted works for free. Every user must pay for play,” Prisk-Kamp communications head consultant Davidson “DNG” Ngibuini told Word Is.
Meanwhile, Prisk has signed a deal with insurance firm Britam to give a medical cover for Kenyan performers.
“The cover is worth Sh200,000 per year, as well as Sh20,000 for maternity and Sh50,000 death benefit for a premium of just Sh2,000 per person per year. Prisk will be paying the premiums directly to the insurer as part of the general distribution package,” says DNG.