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KECOBO dismisses claims that Western firm own Kenya’s national anthem

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The Kenya Copyright Board has dismissed reports that the National Anthem has been legally taken over by a Western company known as DeWolfe Music. The board says the company has only obtained rights to a rendition of the national anthem but not the original one. The board’s Executive Director, Edward Sigei, says symbols on National Unity such as the National Anthem have been protected and cannot be owned by an individual. However, it is true that the rights to the anthem ended about five years ago and reverted to the public.

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