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KCB responds to P-unit over stealing their phrase “Weka Weka”

The group had moved to court

P-unit (Frasha, Gabu,Boneye). KCB VS P-unit

Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) has responded to P-unit (Frasha, Gabu and Boneye) after they moved to court to bar them from using the phrase “Weka Weka” in their ongoing campaign.

The music group had filed a complaint, arguing that the bank was going against the Copyright act by going public with a campaign that bears a name similar to their hit song “Weka Weka”.

The hit makers claimed that they are the legal owners of the phrase and KCB was using it without their consent. The song in question is ‘Weka Weka’ dropped in 2014.

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KCB responds

However, KCB through their lawyer denied the allegations saying the only similarity between P-Unit’s ‘Weka Weka’ and their commercial ‘Weka Weka na KCB M-pesa’ is the phrase, “Weka Weka”. Adding that Weka is simply a Swahili word that mean “to put” but in a bank environment it can be used to mean making bank deposit.

 “It is not an original that an artist can claim to have independently conceived since no one can claim custodianship of a language. Your Client cannot therefore ride on the phrase ‘Weka Weka’ for a claim of copyright infringement against KCB as the same is not copyrightable,” reads part of the KCB response.

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KCB, has been raising awareness about their savings platform on MPesa using the tagline ‘weka weka’.

Part of the KCB response also demanded an apology from P-Unit, asking them to cease from making unfounded claims against the Bank.

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