KECOBO, NTSA deal to enable PSV operators remit music royalties via mobile phones

The Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) and the National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA) have signed an MoU that is meant to boost the collection of musician’s royalties from public service vehicles (PSVs) in the country.

The MoU, signed by Edward Sigei, the Executive Director, KECOBO and George Njao, Director General, NTSA in the presence of CEOs of other licensed Societies, seeks to ensure that PSVs pay royalties for use of music.

The MOU shall facilitate the integration of the Collective Management Organisations’ (CMOs) digital collecting system with the NTSA systems.

“This MOU will ensure that PSVs comply with the Copyright Act by paying royalties for use of music in their vehicles. Kenya Copyright Board will facilitate the issuance of Certificate of Compliance to complying PSVs,” Njao said.

The implementation of the MoU is expected to support KECOBO by providing it with relevant data on all registered PSVs and their seating capacity. It will support the CMO-KECOBO ICT system, specifically the the Royalty Collection Module, by enabling efficient collection of royalties through the digitally-supported portal and USSD platform.     

The ICT system enables PSVs that play music on their trips to make payments through any mobile money platform at the comfort of their vehicles and obtain a digital licence. The users can also pay for the license in easy periodic instalments and manage licenses on behalf of their SACCOs.

KECOBO is also in the process of integrating its system with other government agencies and county administrators to boost royalty collections countrywide.


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