What are Collective Rights Management (CRM) Regulations?

CRM Regulations is a framework developed by the Kenya Copyright Board as a supervisory structure. It will set in place statutory parameters and standards for assessing the performance of CMOs as well as conditions and procedures under which a CMO can be put to task to prove its commitment to upholding the required standards of service delivery to its members/rights owners.

What is the purpose of the CRM Regulations?

The objective of this undertaking is to create a workable Collective Rights Management Regulatory framework that promotes transparency, accountability and good governance among Kenyan Collective Management Organizations (CMOs).

Do we have existing Copyright Regulations?

Yes. But they are not specific regulations to CMOs that guide the promotion of the values of Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance in the collective management industry hence the need to form the proposed one.

Who developed the CRM Regulations working draft?

The working draft has been developed under the guidance of the Kenya Copyright Board.

What is the involvement of stakeholders in the development of the CRM Regulations?

As a requirement by the law for public participation, the working document is to be presented to stakeholders in proposed forums for review and input. There shall also be a final stakeholder validation forum.

What happens once the CRM Regulations forums are completed?

The CRM Regulations will be gazetted for implementation by all the players in the music, audio-visual and reprographic industry.

What does KECOBO hope to achieve through the CRM Regulations?

With proper laid down structures on dealing with CMO issues, the Kenya Copyright Board shall have effective and efficient means of addressing complaints and concerns raised in the industry

How will the right-holders benefit from the CRM Regulations?

Rights-holders shall benefit from enhanced transparency and accountability by the CMOs and ensuring that CMOs are run efficiently and are effective in their operations. This in turn will see more revenue in terms of distribution to the rightsholders and less administration costs.