A Kenyan content creator has complained to you tube after his video ranking the best African National anthems was flagged .
The reason given was that the Kenyan National anthem was copyrighted by British company De Wolfe Music. According to the content creator, the National anthem that they used was different from what De wolfe had copyrighted which was basically an instrumental of the National anthem.
According to the you tube content creator under the 2nacheki Chanel, their video was not monetized but the fact that it was flagged meant that De Wolfe owned the rights to the Kenyan National anthem. The anthem is often played during all international sports competitions both locally and internationally.
De Wolfe that is said to have the copyright to the Kenyan anthem is a music library company in Britain that was established in 1909. Their sites also has orchestral arrangements of other National anthems.
The constitution of Kenya under article 9 prescribes the National anthem as a National symbol. The words of the National anthem in both the National and the official language are in the second schedule of the constitution.
The Kenya copyright board has little information on who has the rights to the National anthem. A quick search through You tube shows that the National anthem of Kenya has been licensed to you tube by various agencies. None is directly linked to the Kenya copyright board.
Here is the video of the complaint:
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