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Kilimani Mums Uncensored Facebook group facing shutdown

A local media company has claimed copyright ownership to the name ‘Kilimani Mums’.

Radio Africa Group now wants social media platforms, namely Facebook, Youtube and Instagram, pull down all accounts bearing the name because of copyright infringement.

The media company has consequntly written to the administrator of Kilimani Mums Uncensored Facebook page Lyne Nzisa to disable the page.

Already, Youtube and Instagram have disabled accounts registered by the name.

Ms Nzisa has fought back by claiming that the media house is threatened by the success of the uncensored group.

She asserts that Kilimani Mums Uncensored is different from the original Kilimani Mums group.

“Feeling threatened by the success of Kilimani Mums Uncensored and Kilimani Mums and Dads Uncensored, as well as the positive reception of Kilimani Mums Show, Radio Africa Limited has now written to Instagram, You Tube and Facebook to have all Kilimani mums Platforms shut down. Radio Africa claims to own the “Kilimani Mums” trademark,” wrote Ms Nzisa.

She added that the group will file an objection to the copyright claim.

“Last time I checked, trademarks are supposed to represent tangible goods, whereas service marks represent services. Common User words such as “Kilimani ” and “Mums” are not novel enough for any one to claim exclusivity to their use. Besides one cannot trademark words already used by others,” wrote Ms Nzisa.

In the email correspondence, Radio Africa Group’s lawyer said the media house formed the original Kilimani Mums Nairobi Facebook group, copyrighted the name and delegated administrator roles to Andrea Bohnstedt.

“The fact that Radio Africa owns the Kilimani Mums trademark cannot be disputed. It has come to our attention that there are more than 100 infringers of our trademark including yourselves and we have made complaints to Instagram, Youtube and Facebook regarding all the infringers,” wrote Ms Musita.

Last month, two of the Kilimani Mums Uncensored adminstrators, Ms Nzisa and Purity Nduta were embattled in a supremacy court case that is yet to be decided.