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Publishing images of Kenyan currency without permission will cost you KSh100,000

Publishing photos of the Kenyan currency anywhere without prior permission of the Central Bank of Bank (CBK) will cost you a fine of KSh100,00 and an extra charge of Ksh10,000 if you fail to rectify it.

This is according to a legal notice sent by the CBK detailing the Currency Handling Regulations.

“No person shall use cash or images of cash, current or historical, for publication or promotional or any other purposes other than as currency without the prior written approval of the bank,” reads part of the legal notice.

Here is the information that CBK requires you to provide during the application process:

  • Full name and address of the applicant
  • Nationality of the applicant
  • Information relating to the manner and purpose for which the images are intended to be used.
  • Specimen of the works over which such use is intended
  • A declaration that the intended use would not infringe on the bank’s copyright over the cash

After one has submitted their application, CBK will respond in writing within 14 days. It can either accept or reject one’s application.

“The bank’s decision shall be final and the bank shall not be obliged to render the reasons upon which any decision was reached,” the CBK legal notice notes.

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