Warning: 10 years in jail for sharing PDF copies of newspapers on social media

Kenyans have been warned of a possible 10-year jail term for anyone found guilt of sharing PDF copies of newspapers on social media.

Kenya Copyrights Board (Kecobo) executive director Edward Sigei on Saturday said that there has been an increase of digital publications being forwarded on social media.

JAIL TERM

Kecobo says both the sender and the recipient are committing an offence of being in possession of unauthorised digital copies and those found guilty could face up to 10 years in prison.

“Anyone who tries to circumvent technical protection measures placed on digital platforms to access these works and downloads commits an offence,” said Sigei.

Repeat offender could face up to 10 times the market value of the copyright product shared or Sh2000 for each infringing copy. Alternatively, the guilty could face a jail term of 20 years.

Various publications are forwarded on WhatsApp groups, Telegram, Facebook or Twitter, which, according to Kecobo, has led to a significant drop in income by some media houses.

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