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The applicant agrees to the following terms and conditions as provided here below:


1.1 In this agreement the following words or phrases have the following meanings:- CMO”“means Collective Management Organisa tion “copy” shall bear the meaning ascribed to it in the Copyright Act 2001 of Laws of Kenya to include reproduction of work in any manner or form and includes any sound or visual recording of a work and any permanent or transient storage of a work in any medium, by computer technology or any other electronic means.

Means the Copyright Act of Laws of Kenya and any relevant statutory modifications or re-enactment thereof for the time being in force.

Infring“ement” bears the meaning ascribed to it in the Copyright Act 2001 Laws of Kenya to include any act which violates the right protected by the said Act.

PRISK“” means Performers Rights Soceity of Kenya.

PRISK“Documents” means the current version of the memorandum and Articles of Association of PRISK, any by-laws, distribution rules, Codes of Conduct, Rules and Regulations and other relevant manuals, policies and procedures from time to time generated and in force by which the applicant agrees to be bound.

Membe“r” means applicant who has successfully completed and met the requirements for PRISK membership.

Produc“er of Sound Recordings” shall mean the person or entity who has made all the financial and other arrangements necessary for the first fixation of the Sound Recording.

Right H“ older” means both member and non-member producers whose Sound Recordings Rights shall be administered by PRISK in accordance with the relevant Sections of the Copyright Act 2001 Laws of Kenya.

Sound “Recording” Shall bear the meaning ascribed to it in the Act and any amendments thereof from time to time.

Sound “Recordings Rights” In this Agreement means the rights of the owners of Sound Recordings captured in Section 28 and 30A of the Copyright Act of 2001, Laws of Kenya.


The Applicant Shall:

I. Declare PRISK, in writing and a manner prescribed by PRISK, all Sound Recordings over which it currently holds the Rights assigned, granted or otherwise transferred hereunder.

II. Provide PRISK, upon request, at least one (1) copy of each Sound Recording effected. PRISK shall not be liable for any loss or damage suffered by the Applicant should it fail to comply with the provision or be bound to make any payment whatsoever respecting any sound recording that has been declared.

III. Provide PRISK with accurate data in respect of the Sound Recordings, Contact Information, Next of Kin Information, Payment details and any changes related to the same in writing.

IV. Sign any document and take any action useful or necessary to confirm, give effect or to enforce the Sound Recordings or to enable it to exercise any right or obligation by PRISK hereunder.

V. Refrain doing anything whatsoever that would violate the rights or interests of PRISK and shall endeavor to cooperate with PRISK, its representa tives and other members for the purposes of contributing to the progress of PRISK. “Territory” Means in the first instance the Republic of Kenya and is also extended to include the world.

1.2 Unless the context otherwise requires, words denoting the singular shall include the plural and vise versa and words denoting persons shall include bodies corporate, unincorporated associations and partnerships.

1.3 Where expressions used in this Agreement are expressions used in Copyright Act of 2001 of Kenya, they shall have the same meaning as in the said Act unless the context otherwise requires.

1.4 In this Agreement references to the word “including” do not imply any limitation.


3.1 PRISK has the legal mandate to administer the following rights on behalf of the member and in accordance with the relevant Company resolutions applicable statutes international treaties and/ or agreements currently in force amended from time to time:-


Digital Transactions involving Sound Recordings

It is hereby agreed that PRISK shall administer on behalf of the Member and/ or Music Producer owning rights in Sound Record- ings in accordance with the relevant Company decisions, applicable statutes, international treaties and / or agreements currently in force or duly amended from time to time the right to remuneration relating to authorizing, negotiating a rate and collecting for digital transactions including but not limited to:

i) Online transactions, Cable transmissions; and

ii) Making available / Communicating to the public by means of electronic media, the internet, in interactive platforms;
such as use of Sound Recordings by content aggregators , PRSPs, in electronic multimedia products, telecommunication services including ringtones, CRBTs, downloads, streams and any other performance or digital reproduction of the Sound Recording(s)


The member by way of this Agreement hereby authorizes PRISK to;

(i) *Develop tariffs for the use and exploitation of the Sound Recording.

(ii) *Negotiate with users involved in all the exploitations and uses covered by this Agreement and all legislation.

(iii) *Conclude agreements on behalf of member/rightholder on payment of licenses fees related to said exploitations. (iv) *Receive remuneration and payments of the license fees and retain amounts necesasry to cover the operations and administrative costs of PRISK.

(v) *Develop distribution rules that will govern the manner in which the accumulated amounts shall be paid out to the various Rights Holders and members for monies collected within the territory.

(vi) * Make royalty to the Member in accordance with the distribution rules.

I. Collection of remuneration from communication to the public including the right to making available, public performance of any Sound Recording within the Territory;

II. Collection of remuneration from broadcasting by any means; and existing and emerging platforms.

III. Collection of remuneration relating to blank media levy/private copy remuneration fees.


In accordance with its Memorandum and Articles of Association and Distribution Rules and amended from time to time, PRISK shall remit to its Rights Holders and members or to any other legal or natural person dully designated in writing, any royalties from license fees that PRISK has collected.


PRISK shall respond to, prosecute and defend any and all accrued causes of action wherever and whenever accrued in respect of any infringements of the Sound Recording Rights in any such Sound Recording insofar as the same are now or subsequently vested in the Rights Holder and/ or member and exercise the right to bring proceedings in respect of such infringements in the name of PRISK where the same are within the scope of this Agreement.


PRISK will engage with sister societies around the World also involved in the collective administration of Sound Recording Rights and shall when the Board of Directors and Company deems appropriate conclude reciprocal agreements which shall delegate, license, further grant the rights granted in this Agreement to the said societies and to entrust the controlled management of all or part of such Sound recording rights within all or part of the Territory contemplated here in.


PRISK shall not administer any use of Sound Recording that are expressly reserved or excluded by the applicant. These Sound Recordings and uses to be excluded should be communicated in writing to PRISK within one (1) month of the receipt of the application for membership.


The Applicant declares as follows:-

I/We have the right, power and authority to enter into this Agreement with full title guarantee, and I/We have obtained all necessary consents (if any) so as to permit PRISK freely to ADMINISTER THE RIGHTS IN THE Sound Recordings for THE ENTIRE PERIOD THAT Copyright(including all extensions and renewals thereof) submitted to PRISK.


The applicant shall hereafter indemnify PRISK and hold PRISK, ITS DIRECTORS,EMPLOYEES,AGENTS AND ASSOCIATES harmless from and against any and all losses, demands, claims FOR COMPENSATIO, INFRINGEMENT, damages, costs, expenses (including reasonable legal costs and expenses and VAT thereon) and liabilities suffered or incurred by PRISK in consequence of any breach by the MEMBER.


This Agreement shall take effect UPON EXECUTION BY BOTH PARTIES.


This Agreement should constitute the entire and sole agreement entered into between the Member and PRISK respecting its subject matter, and shall supersede any prior agreement respecting said matter.


This Agreement SHALL only be amended in writing AND SIGNED BY BOTH PARTIES.

All rights and obligations hereunder shall be construed and interpreted in accordance with the Laws of Kenya, the Courts of which shall have the exclusive jurisdiction in all matters concerning the same.