– Copyright Act, 2001, in force since February 1, 2003, as amended up to Act No. 14 of 2022, in force since April 4, 2022.
– The Copyright Regulations, 2020.
– The Copyright Act (Collective Management) Regulations, 2020.
– Copyright (Joint Collection Tariffs), 2020.

Membership in International Conventions

– Universal Copyright Convention, since September 7, 1966.
– Phonograms Convention, since April 21, 1976.
– Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, since June 11, 1993.
– WTO's TRIPS Agreement, since January 1, 1995.
– Marrakesh Treaty, since September 2, 2017.
– Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances, since April 28, 2020.


Registration is not required for owners of an original work. Copyright protection is automatic and free from the moment a work is created. However, registration provides important benefits such as proof of ownership. The Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) has also commenced the implementation of the Blank Tape Levy which is collected on items that may be used to carry copyright protected content for private copying payable at the point of entry into Kenya or at the point of first manufacture locally.

Duration: for literary, musical, dramatic or artistic work other than photographs, during the lifetime of the author, plus 50 years after his death. For audio-visual works and photographs, 50 years from the end of the year in which the work was either made or published. For sound recordings, 50 years after the end of the year in which the recording was made. For broadcasts, 50 years after the end of the year in which the broadcast took place.


Authority name: Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO), The State Law Office.  Internet address: www.copyright.go.ke  

Collective Management Organizations: Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) (https://mcsk.or.ke), Kenya Association of Music Producers (KAMP) (www.kamp.or.ke), Performers Rights Society of Kenya (PRiSK) (www.prisk.or.ke), Reproduction Rights Society of Kenya (KOPIKEN).