MCSK barred from collecting royalties

MCSK’s Lilian Njoki at the Milimani law court on November 24, 2015 /FILE
MCSK’s Lilian Njoki at the Milimani law court on November 24, 2015 /FILE

The Music Copyright Society has been temporarily stopped from collecting royalties. The order was given by High Court judge Ruth Sitati.
Her order arose out of a case filed following complaints from the business community that the MCSK was demanding royalties despite lacking a licence to operate as a Collective Management Organisation. Sitati also barred the MCSK or its agents from publishing information insinuating it is duly licensed as a CMO, pending hearing and determination of the case.
The case was filed by Laban Juma Toto and David Amunga against the copyright board and the Attorney General. The board is under the office of the AG. The MCSK and Music Publishers Association have been enjoined as first and second interested parties, respectively.
The case will be heard on July 25.