Treatment of Kenya’s Internet Service Providers (ISPs) under the Kenya Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2017

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dc.contributor.author Walubengo, John
dc.contributor.author Mutemi, Mercy
dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-27T23:09:00Z
dc.date.available 2019-06-27T23:09:00Z
dc.date.issued 2019-06-28
dc.identifier.citation Walubengo, J., & Mutemi, M. (2019). Treatment of Kenya’s internet service providers (ISPs) under the Kenya Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2017. The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC), 23, 1–11. https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/27532 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2077-7213 (online version)
dc.identifier.issn 2077-7205 (print version)
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10539/27532
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/27532
dc.description.abstract Kenya’s Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2017, is nearing its final stage of consideration by Parliament. In this article, we provide a review of the Bill’s provisions in respect of its treatment of internet intermediaries, specifically internet service providers (ISPs). We seek to establish the impact that the intermediary liability provisions in the Bill could have on ISPs’ operations if the Bill is passed into law in its present form. We applaud the Bill’s provision for a “safe harbours” regime, whereby ISPs would incur no liability, or limited liability, for certain specific intermediary actions. However, we also note that the framing of the Bill’s notice-and-takedown provisions would require quasi-judicial skills on the part of ISPs, which may not be appropriate. We conclude by providing recommendations for how legislators could address the weaknesses in the Bill’s treatment of ISPs. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg en_ZA
dc.subject copyright, copyright infringements, internet services providers (ISPs), internet intermediaries, intermediary liability, safe harbours, notice-and-takedown, Kenya, Copyright Act, Copyright (Amendment) Bill en_ZA
dc.title Treatment of Kenya’s Internet Service Providers (ISPs) under the Kenya Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2017 en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
dc.journal.title The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC) en_ZA
dc.description.librarian CA2019 en_ZA
dc.citation.doi https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/27532 en_ZA
dc.citation.epage 11 en_ZA
dc.citation.issue 23 en_ZA
dc.citation.spage 1 en_ZA
dc.orcid.id Walubengo: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8278-1792; Mutemi: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9983-3170 en_ZA
dc.journal.link https://www.wits.ac.za/linkcentre/ajic en_ZA


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  • AJIC Issue 23, 2019
    Articles on data protection, cybersecurity resilience, a proposed “agricultural data commons”, intellectual property approaches to traditional knowledge, legal treatment of ISPs, and discursive constructions.

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