Vestigial colonialism

Things you should know about the Kenyan national anthem “Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu”:

It is notable for being one of the first national anthems to be specifically commissioned as such. It was written by the Kenyan Anthem Commission in 1963 to serve as the state anthem after independence from the United Kingdom. It was expected that the lyrics would express the deepest convictions and the highest aspirations of the people as a whole.

The YouTube channel 2nacheki posted the Top 10 National Anthems of Africa:

The Kenyan anthem was deemed Number One.

And then:

[T]he channel soon received notification from YouTube that their video had infringed upon the rights of UK-based music company De Wolfe Music, a claim that was made via content monetization company AdRev Publishing.

Needless to say, the channel was pretty shocked to see this claim on their account. Not only does the Kenyan government consider the piece to be its property, but it was written by the Kenyan Anthem Commission in 1963 to serve as the state anthem after independence from Great Britain, where De Wolfe is based.

Only adding to the complications is that since the anthem is more than 50 years old, it has officially fallen into the public domain. This has caused the Office of the Attorney General and Department of Justice to issue a joint press release denouncing the action against a piece of its heritage.

Sheesh.

(Via Fark.)

3 comments »

  1. Dan T. »

    9 February 2019 · 10:15 am

    If bogus copyright claims subjected the companies that made them to huge punitive damages and fines, and maybe even prison time for the people involved, then perhaps they would stop.

  2. CGHill »

    9 February 2019 · 12:49 pm

    Indeed. But the way things are currently configured, the copyright owners hold all the cards, and YouTube meekly bows to their every whim.

  3. Roger Green »

    11 February 2019 · 11:42 am

    #3/#2 sound very much the same – from 1:00 on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUemKZdQoxY

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