Police will no longer escort Collective Management Organizations’ (CMOs) staff during their operations to collect royalties after new directive from the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
“The Director, of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations has directed that from the date of this letter, this directive should take effect immediately, that no police officer is authorized to accompany any Music Copy-right staff while performing their operations,” read the letter dated August 30, 2019.
Initially, CMOs such as MCSK, PRISK and KAMP have been using police to collect royalties something that hasn’t gone down well with many business owners and even artists themselves.
Two weeks ago, Kenyans trooped online to share viral videos of officials alleged to be from the CMOs being aided by police officers to harassing small business owners and matatu operators to pay royalties.
The uproar was sparked by artists’ outcry following their “peanuts” pay from these CMOs who were forcefully collecting the royalties but allegedly not paying the artists themselves enough.
Some artists even asked CMOs officials not to arrest anyone who is playing their music without a permit.
President Uhuru Kenyatta was forced to intervene warning MCSK to restructure their pay or face dire consequences.