Who we are

KAMP BACKGROUND INFORMATION

 

WHO ARE WE?

 

Background


• The Kenya Association of Music Producers (KAMP) is a registered non-profit making private company, with no share capital limited by guarantee. KAMP was officially registered in the year 2003 under the Companies Act, Chapter 486 of the Laws of Kenya and licensed by the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) to operate as a Collective Management Organisation (CMO) in May 2008.
• KAMP was incorporated to represent the rights and interests of producers of sound recordings, and to collect license fees and to distribute royalties in accordance with the Copyright Act of 2001, Laws of Kenya.

Vision


• Empower our members economically through efficient and transparent leadership.
• Help all producers of sound recordings to fully understand their rights.

Mission


• To collect license fees and fairly distribute royalties to the makers and controllers of sound recordings, enabling them to fully benefit from their Intellectual Property Rights and make additional economic gain from their productions.
• To protect and advocate for the rights of its rights holders.
Values
• We act with integrity and respect
• We are transparent
• We give our members first priority
• We treat our members fairly and equally
• We are committed

Objectives


KAMP’s objectives are: –

• To collect license fees on behalf of its rights holders and to distribute the same accurately, fairly and equitably;
• To provide a forum for discussing matters of common interest and to promote dialogue between various independent creative arms of the entertainment industry;
• To establish and maintain bonds and reciprocity between the Association and similar associations elsewhere in the world;
• To promote ethical business practices within the entertainment industry and settle disputes amongst stakeholders;
• To establish and enforce rules and a code of conduct for the regulation, maintenance and promotion of standards by members, management, employees, directors and agents in their dealings with each other and with third parties;
• To take such action as may be necessary by legal or other processes for the protection of the rights of its members; and
• To act as an intermediary between stakeholders, industry players and the relevant government bodies so as to lobby and aid in proposed new legislations, or amendments to existing statutes in line with the current industry scene and technological developments.

Mandate


• KAMP is charged under Section 30A of the Copyright Act of 2001, amended in 2012 with the responsibility of collecting licence fees from the users of sound recordings such as broadcasting stations (radio and television) and communication to the public in places such as entertainment venues, bars, restaurants, hotels, shopping malls, retail outlets and public transport vehicles and from digital platforms among others.
• KAMP is also mandated by the Copyright Act 2001, laws of Kenya to collect blank media levy (private copying remuneration) and distributing the same to its rights holders. In addition, KAMP seeks to eventually negotiate bilateral /reciprocal agreements with other local and international collection societies, which have similar objectives worldwide for purposes of collecting and distributing or channelling revenue to its rights holders and its affiliates.

Rights Held by KAMP


• As any other licensed Collective Management Organisation (CMO), KAMP represents the rights of phonogram producers or producers of sound recordings, who own rights related to the copyright. KAMP only features where there is fixation of sounds into recording media, which can facilitate transmission of the sounds to the public. The transmission of these sound recordings could be either through communication to the public, broadcasting or by cable, etc. In each of the above situations, a license from KAMP on behalf of the rights holders is required to authorise the use of the sound recordings, as per the provisions of Section 30A, which grants KAMP the mandate to issue compulsory licenses and collect license fees on behalf of its members and non-represented rights holders.

Rationale for Protection of Sound Recordings Rights


• Producers of sound recordings protect their skill and investments against other persons’ unauthorised use.
• Producers of sound recordings hold the right to authorise or prohibit the reproduction of the sound recordings.
• Producers of sound recordings hold the right of remuneration when recordings are used for broadcasting or communication to the public.

 
 
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