List of websites to be blocked in Kenya over copyright infringement

Internet Service Providers (ISP) in Kenya have been accused of failing on their mandate to comply with the revocation notice of websites infringing on copyrighted materials.

In a High Court ruling Thursday, Justice Wilfrida Okwany said ISPs have allowed people’s intellectual property to be taken advantage of, directing for the blockage of the sites, a landmark ruling that will allow content creators to earn from their own original materials.

“A person whose rights have been infringed by content to which access is being offered by an Internet Service Provider (ISP) may request by way of a takedown notice that the ISP removes the infringing content,” the Copyright Act stipulates.

Below is a list of websites that are set to be blocked;

1. Totalsportek

2. ronaldo7

3. stream-cr7

4. ripple

5. vipleague

6. livesoccertv

7. livesport

8. soccer-live stream

9. LiveTV

10. vipbox live

11. sportnews

12. jokerlivestream

13. Cricfree

14. Fullmatchesandshows

15. Vipboxtv

16. liveharleyquinnwidget

17. Messistream

18. Yalla-shoot

19. HD streams

20. Cdn livetvcdn

21. Firstsrowsports

22. Livefootballol

23. Miradetodo

24. Livestream


26. Skytivi

27. Freeintertv

28. Vipstand

29. Extremotvplay

30. Stream2watch

31. Oeb

32. Ishunter

33. Myfeed2all

34. Barcelona stream

35. sport stream

36. Cricfree

37. Indiostv

38. Sport365 live

39. Kora-online TV

40. Stream woop

41. Sportzonline

42. Sportv

43. Rojadirecta

44. Cricsports

A number of the shortlisted sites have a tendency of emerging on mobile phone screens during live soccer matches on social media that entice a gadget holder to watch and play games for free.

As it stands, the Copyright Act in Kenya protects “creations of the mind”.

Such creations include literary works (books, journals, or any other writing); artistic works (sculpture, photography, and the like); music and music performances and broadcasts.

The purpose of this law is to protect the creators of “copyrightable” materials so that they can earn income from their work. To this end, the law protects rights holders for various periods.

Anyone attempting to acquire, transmit or re-broadcast protected material is said to be infringing such works. The law provides for various sanctions.

This also applies to internet service providers who are allowed to transmit or temporarily store the protected material – such as live sports broadcasts. They are prevented from modifying or in any way tampering with it. Their role is limited to transmitting from one point to another, or temporarily storing it.

Lawrence Baraza

Lawrence Baraza is a prolific writer with competencies in Digital Media, Print, and Broadcast. Baraza is also a Communication Practitioner currently spearheading Digital content on Metropol TV's Digital Desk.

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