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Kopiken is the Reproduction Rights Society of Kenya.

Kopiken is a Collecting Society, under the Copyright Act 2001, which licenses the reproduction of copyright-protected materials against payment of fees whenever it is impractical for rightsholders (authors and publishers) to license and collect fees individually.

Kopiken represents rightholders that include;

(i) Authors (creators of works) – Kopiken represents them through their respective association which include;

  • KENFAA – Kenya Non Fiction Authors Association; this is an association of non-fiction writers and translators who have published at least 100 pages works comprising of books, periodicals and professional & scientific journals. The association seeks to promote and protect the interests of non-fiction authors in Kenya and beyond.
  • WAK – Writers Association of Kenya; This is an association of writers in Kenya, who have published creative literary works such as poems, short stories, novels, plays, biographies, autobiographies and memoirs, literary criticism and other kinds of literary scholarship. Its main objective is to encourage and promote writing in Kenya.
  • KOLA – Kenya Oral Literature Association; this is a professional association of researchers, scholars in Kenyan universities and oral artists. Its basic objective is to advance the study of orality and oral literature as a means of community appraisal through research publication, workshops, conferences & performances.
  • KUJ – Kenya Union of journalists; An association of persons engaged in journalistic works in Kenya, whose main objective is to raise the status of journalism in Kenya.

(ii) Artists & Visual Creators – Kopiken represents this group through their Association KAPIDE – Kenya Association of Photographers Illustrators & Designers; This association represents photojournalists, illustrators & designers and its main objective is to advance photojournalism, illustration and design in all their forms in kenya and beyond.

(iii) Song lyricists & writers of sheet music – Kopiken represents musicians through MCSK – The Music Copyright Society of Kenya. This is also a CMO in the area of music collecting royalties on behalf of composers, publishers or proprietor of music in Kenya.

(iv) Publishers – Kopiken represents publishers in Kenya through the Kenya Publishers Association – KPA which is an association bringing together all companies. Organization or individuals engaged in book publishing in Kenya and its main objective is to encourage the widest possible spread of printed books throughout Kenya and beyond.

(v) International Rightholders – Kenya is a signatory to The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, an international agreement governing copyright first accepted in 1886. This convention under Article 5(1) and 5(2) establishes the principle of national treatment for works protected by copyright. As a general matter, the principle of national treatment means that under a nation’s laws, a foreigner enjoys no lesser rights and benefits than a citizen of that nation receives, subject to the specific terms of the relevant international conventions. In copyright terms, it means, for example, that a British work for which copyright enforcement is sought in the Kenya would be treated under Kenyan law exactly as if it were a Kenyan work.
Kopiken therefore in pursuant to this principle protects foreign works in Kenya as it protects local works. However, Kopiken has gone a step further in signing bilateral agreements with other countries / collecting organizations to ensure that the mandates are solid. Kopiken has Bilateral agreements with the following countries so far; Authors Licensing Collecting Society – UK, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Tanzania, India, Mauritius, Nigeria, Norway, Korea, Uganda, Malawi. Many others are in progress.