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Authors' joy as Kenya Copyright Board destroys 50,000 counterfeit books

By JAPTHETH OGILA | April 3rd 2017
Kenya Copyright Board(KECOBO) Executive Director Mr Edward Sigei (right) issues a collective management License to Reproduction Rights Society of Kenya (KOPIKEN) CEO Mr Gerry Gitonga. ON 30/03/2017 PHOTO: JENIPHER WACHIE

Authors received a boost after more than 50,000 copies of pirated books believed to be worth Sh15 million were destroyed.

The exercise was presided over by Kenya Copyright Board's Executive Director Edward Sigei who was joined by representatives of publishers and authors at the weekend.

Local authors such as Pauline Keya, Adipo Sigang and novelist Tony Mochama attended the event at Kamongo Waste Paper Ltd in Nairobi's Industrial area.

The books destroyed were predominantly set books such as Mstahiki Meya, Kidagaa  Kimemwozea and Damu Nyeusi. Others were fast-selling titles under the High-Flyer series.

They were confiscated in 2015 from two suspects at a printing press.

Mr Sigei has vowed to go on with the exercise.

"We want to make sure these pirated books do not go back to the market," he said.

The board plans to engage various players to ensure authors and publishers are  protected from unscrupulous booksellers denying them revenue.

"We are in discussions with the Ministry of Education and Kenya Publishers Association to come up with strategies of ensuring books are kept safe," said Mr Sigei.


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