Kenyan comedian Arap Marindich has stated that he is seeking the help of a lawyer to go after companies that use their memes for commercial purposes.
Speak with citizen TV on Saturday, Aug. 6, Marindich — whose memes have been used around the world — quoted a statement from the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) warning companies against using the viral photos without permission.
“I read the government message on Facebook. Anyone who wants to use the images must first talk to us. We will follow up for those companies that use our images.
Comedian Arap Marindich, whose videos have gone viral
Thanks to Arap Marindich
“I am currently looking for a lawyer who can help me prosecute the case,” he said.
On the other hand, Marindich’s counterpart – Tula Chemoget, stated that they have no problem with their fans using images on their social media platforms.
“I think they (KECOBO) were targeting companies that were using our images for commercial use,” Tula reiterated.
The duo made the comments a day after the copyright commission issued a statement about the meme going viral worldwide.
Regarding being approached by companies for deals, he stated that they have not yet signed a contract. However, he alluded to companies showing an interest in their work.
Furthermore, the comedian talked about the idea behind the viral video that was turned into a meme.
“Everyone thinks we were in Naivasha, but the truth is we shot the video in Rongai. We were looking for a location with a forest. Once we put the video on social media, we went viral.
“We never thought we would go international, so we did the sketch in Kalenjin dialect. I wish we had done it in Kiswahili or English,” he stated.
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