Since the govt. announced stringent measures to combat the spread of Coronavirus, people have had longer to spare, which compounded with the movement restriction, has increased the illegal sale and distribution of newspapers on social media platforms.

Various publications are forwarded on WhatsApp groups, Telegram, Facebook or Twitter, which that has led to an enormous drop in income by some media houses.

Since the onset of digital publishing, the 4th estate has made available copies of its newspapers online at a price .

Kenya Copyright Board executive Edward Sigei

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The media has expressed it's concern about the proliferation of the vice and sought the intervention of the Kenya Copyright Board (Kecobo).

Kenya Copyright Board executive Edward Sigei on Saturday, May 2, announced a listing of offences associated with copyright.

He started by stating that anybody who offers to sell work that's copyrighted and which isn't coming from the copyright holder, commits an offence.

He added that anyone who tries to bypass technical protection measures that are placed on digital platforms commits an offence.

"It is gloomy that some people want to take advantage of this pandemic by selling and distributing people's fake newspapers that are manipulated for fake headlines," he told Daily Nation.

Sigei further stated that the board had received complaints from sort of media houses, adding that the knowledge would help them track four individuals who are thought to be responsible.

According to the Amended Copyright Acts 2001, the suspects would wish to pay a fine five times the market product of each shared copyrighted product or Ksh 1,000 for each infringing product.

The guilty could also confront to 10 years in prison.

Further, if one is noted to be a repeat offender, they could confront to 10 times the market value of the copyright product shared or Ksh 2000 for each infringing copy.

Alternatively, the guilty is likely to face a jail term of 20 years.

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