Supreme Court Issues Notice to Centre to Regulate OTT Content

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The Supreme Court of India directed the Centre to regulate the content featured on over-the-top (OTT) media platforms. The three-judge bench of the Supreme Court issued a notice under the petition calling for regulation of content on online video streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna were hearing the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by the NGO, Justice for Rights, represented by advocate Harpreet Singh Hora.

The plea filed by the NGO in the Supreme Court has said that these OTT platforms are not only displaying unlicensed, unregulated and uncertified content, but also running without being governed by any guidelines.

The petitioners have claimed that due to lack or absence of any guidelines to govern the online platforms, government agencies are creating a special class of broadcasters and discriminating against customers, cable TV producers and D2H operators.

In January 2019, the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) announced the self-regulation of video streaming apps which include Hotstar, Voot, Zee5, Arre, SonyLIV, ALT Balaji, Netflix and Eros Now.

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