The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) , the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) , the Kenya Police Service (KPS) and customs authorities will work together in a synchronised operation aimed at containing the piracy menace in the creative industry. During a joint press conference held in Nairobi today, KFCB Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ezekiel Mutua and KECOBO Executive Director Mr. Edward Sigei lamented the rise in pirated content, which they said is hurting progress in the creative sector.
“We are particularly concerned that if the situation is not addressed, it will be impossible for the industry to grow, making it difficult for the industry to achieve the 40-60 percent local content threshold required by the Programming Code for Free-to-Air Radio Services in Kenya”, said Dr. Mutua.
To protect the local industry, the Board outlawed the importation of unlicensed foreign movies as a way of curbing piracy. In the scheme, no foreign film will be allowed into the country unless it has been duly cleared by KECOBO, KFCB and the customs authorities.
On his part, Mr. Sigei said the creative industry should be taken seriously, noting that the copyright industry contributes more than 2 percent of income generated in the creative industry.