Kenya: Content Piracy - Court Orders Internet Firms To Shut Sites
In an attempt to uphold the piracy and content rights laws in Kenya, a High Court has ordered internet providers in the country to shut down or disable all websites that are known to pirate football content with rights belonging to Multichoice.
Kenyan judge Wilfrida Okwany in her judgement says she's issuing the shutdown order in line with the Section 35B of the Kenyan Copyright Act which obliges an Internet service provider (ISP) to take down any infringing content that has not been cleared with the appropriate rights owners.
Analysts say that the court directives will deliver a massive blow to football fans in the country who latch on to several internet channels to stream matches and broadcast football games illegally. In 2019, MUSO, a global authority on digital piracy, ranked Kenyan football fans top in Africa and number three in the world for illegal football streaming, and the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) and has identified that people and institutions responsible for the distribution of pirated content have been accountable for extraordinarily huge losses to content owners.
Credit: contribution from kenyans.co.ke