The Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) has warned corporates, institutions and and kenyans on social media against using the trending song for their individual gains without getting permission from the author.
This warning came a day after Kenya Film and Classification Board (KFCB) boss Ezekiel Mutua asked Kenyans to make the song trend to show support to the artiste who is currently unwell.
Part of statement sent by KECOBO said,
“Make sure you are not caught on the wrong side of the law with the current Firirida craze. Get authority from the author if you want to make a derivative work of it. Jerusalema craze now haunts many.”
”Do not blindly fall for every craze. It may lead you into trouble with the law. The law stipulates that the copyright owner has the exclusive right to control the distribution, reproduction and any derivative works.”
According to Kenya Copyright Board, using the song without getting prior consent amounts to copyright infringement. The body further explained that copyright infringement has legal consequences that may result in those found culpable paying damages to the right owner, pay a fine to the KECOBO, or even be imprisoned. This means even a slight change to original work without permission can be constituted as an cipyright infringement.
Firirinda was released more than 30 years ago but has surprisingly it never hit instead another song by the artist hit by that time. However the song has impressed the masses in recent days, making it viral across social media sites more especially on super tuesday after over 24 counties voting in the support of BBI.
Ezekiel Mutua also told Kenyans that the song was the kind of content Kenyans ought to be streaming and even pleaded with Kenyans to drop the popular Jerusalema challenge and embark on Firirinda. He also asked deejays to play the songs throughout the weekend in all their events, but with the newly released warning, it will be interesting to see if the song will continue trending on social media.
Earlier, Mutua had started fundraising for the popular Firirinda song maker. He personally donated Ksh.100,000. He is reported to be sick, and the money raised will help cater to his medical bills.