The government ordered the immediate banning of 44 websites in the country for content piracy.
The High Court sitting in Nairobi on Thursday, June 23, through Judge Wilfrida Okwany, ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in conjunction with the government to immediately block all 44 streaming sites.
Judge Okwany noted that the sites were marked for violating copyrighted material.
The decision will primarily affect football fans across the country and other users of stolen content through websites that have been banned from operating in the country or re-advertising the content.
Judge Okwany ruled that Internet service providers had failed to fulfill their obligations by complying with the notice of removal of sites that violated copyrighted content.
Among those listed are popular websites that appear during live matches on different social media platforms, allowing those with internet access to watch programs and games for free.
Following that decision, some Internet service providers promised to block the listed sites within 72 hours.
“A person whose rights have been violated by the content on which access is provided by the Internet Service Provider (ISP) may request by notice of removal the ISP to remove the infringing content,” states the copyright law.
According to industry players, this historic decision will allow content creators to benefit from their work.
“The Kenyan court has sent a message to the rest of the world that we respect the right of content creators to live out their work,” said one stakeholder.
Here are the websites set to be blocked:
8. soccer-live stream
10. vipbox live
19. HD streams
20. Cdn livetvcdn
34. Barcelona stream
35. sport stream
38. Sport365 live
39. Kora-online TV
40. Stream woop