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KFCB withdraw notice to YouTube content creators to obtain licenses

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has revoked a notice to YouTube content creators to obtain a license before they can upload any content on the platform.

Through its chairperson Njogu wa Njoroge, the board noted that the notice was not necessary as the creators need support from the government and not to be hindered in their work.

“Our content creators should be supported all the way. They should be encouraged and supported 100%. We should be training our youth on monetization, and we are deliberate on that matter,” he said

“I have directed the management to withdraw the notices and organize for an engagement with all the stakeholders. We should be talking about thousands of opportunities, if not hundreds of thousands of jobs in the digital media.” he continued

This is a after a notice issued by KFCB Acting CEO Paskal Opiyo was received by a number of top YouTube content creators including Oga Obinna, Abel Mutua, Njugush, Jacky Vike, Terence Creative among others.

According to the notice, the content creators were also requested to submit their videos to the board for examination before it is uploaded on the platform.

“We demand that you strictly comply with the requirements of the Films and Stage Plays Act by obtaining filming licences for your films, and submit them for examination and classification before the same is exhibited and distributed to the public through your YouTube channel,” read the notice

“Take notice that unless you comply with the above in the next fourteen (14) days, we shall institute legal proceedings in accordance with the provisions of the Films and Stage Plays Act and other relevant laws, without further reference to you and at your own risks as to costs and other attendant consequences thereto.” read the notice

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