The Supreme Court at the moment sought the Centre’s response on a plea for regulating OTT platforms reminiscent of Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney+ Hotstar by an autonomous physique.
A bench comprising Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian issued notices to the central authorities, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Internet and Mobile Association of India.
We will difficulty discover, the Supreme Court stated whereas listening to the plea filed by advocates Shashank Shekhar Jha and Apurva Arhatia searching for a correct board/establishment /affiliation for the monitoring and administration of content material on totally different OTT/Streaming and digital media platforms.
OTT/Streaming and totally different digital media platforms have certainly given a approach out for movie makers and artists to launch their content material with out worrying about getting clearance certificates for his or her movies and sequence from the censor board, the plea stated.
At current, nevertheless, there isn’t any legislation or autonomous physique governing the digital content material to watch and handle these digital contents and it’s made accessible to the general public at giant with none filter or screening, it stated.
Lack of laws governing OTT/Streaming Platforms is changing into evident with every passing day and each new case that’s filed on these grounds.
The authorities is dealing with warmth to fill this lacuna with laws from the general public and the Judiciary; nonetheless the related authorities departments haven’t completed something important to regularise these OTT/Streaming Platforms, the plea stated.
None of the OTT/Streaming platforms together with Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+ Hotstar and Zee5 have signed the self-regulation offered by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting since February 2020, it stated.
The ministry had earlier informed the highest court docket in a separate case that there’s a want to control digital media and that the court docket might first appoint a committee of individuals as amicus earlier than laying down tips with respect to the regulation of hate speech within the media.
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