Considering some motion on regulation of OTT platforms: Centre tells Supreme Court docket

New Delhi: The Centre Tuesday (February 16) informed the Supreme Court docket that it was considering “some motion” on the problem of regulating OTT platforms comparable to Netflix and Amazon Prime.

A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, which was initially of the view that the petitioner ought to strategy the federal government for the treatment, requested the federal government to file its response inside six weeks to the PIL in search of OTT regulation by an autonomous physique.

On the outset, Extra Solicitor Normal Ok M Nataraj stated the Centre was considering some motion on the problem of regulating OTT platforms.

The CJI sought to know from Nataraj as to what can be the motion from the federal government and requested him to file the response in six weeks whereas tagging the matter with the pending petition.

The highest courtroom had on October 15 final yr issued notices to the central authorities, Ministry of Data and Broadcasting and Web and Cell Affiliation of India.

The plea filed by advocates Shashank Shekhar Jha and Apurva Arhatia additionally sought a correct board/establishment /affiliation for the monitoring and administration of content material on totally different OTT/Streaming and digital media platforms.

“With cinema theatres unlikely to open anytime quickly within the nation, OTT/Streaming and totally different digital media platforms have certainly given a manner 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, nonetheless, there isn’t any regulation 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 massive with none filter or screening, it stated.

“Lack of laws governing OTT/Streaming Platforms is turning into evident with every passing day and each new case that’s filed on these grounds. The federal government is dealing with warmth to fill this lacuna with laws from the general public and the Judiciary; nonetheless the related authorities departments haven’t carried out something vital to regularise these OTT/Streaming Platforms,” the plea stated.

Not one of the OTT/Streaming platforms together with Netflix, Amazon Prime, Zee5, and Hotstar have signed the self-regulation offered by Ministry of Data and Broadcasting since February 2020, it stated.

The ministry had earlier informed the highest courtroom in a separate case that there’s a want to control digital media and that the courtroom could first appoint a committee of individuals as amicus earlier than laying down pointers with respect to the regulation of hate speech within the media.


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