The Centre Tuesday advised the Supreme Courtroom that it was considering “some motion” on the problem of regulating OTT platforms akin 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 method the federal government for the treatment, requested the federal government to file its response inside six weeks to the PIL looking for OTT regulation by an autonomous physique.
On the outset, Further Solicitor Basic Okay M Nataraj mentioned the Centre was considering some motion on the problem of regulating OTT platforms.
The CJI sought to know from Nataraj as to what could 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 court docket had on October 15 final yr issued notices to the central authorities, Ministry of Info and Broadcasting and Web and Cell Affiliation of India.
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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 completely different OTT/Streaming and digital media platforms.
“With cinema theatres unlikely to open anytime quickly within the nation, OTT/Streaming and completely different digital media platforms have certainly given a approach out for movie makers and artists to launch their content material with out being concerned about getting clearance certificates for his or her movies and collection from the censor board,” the plea mentioned.
At current, nonetheless, there is no such thing as a legislation or autonomous physique governing the digital content material to observe and handle these digital contents and it’s made out there to the general public at giant with none filter or screening, it mentioned.
“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 federal government is going through warmth to fill this lacuna with rules from the general public and the Judiciary; nonetheless the related authorities departments haven’t performed something vital to regularise these OTT/Streaming Platforms,” the plea mentioned.
Not one of the OTT/Streaming platforms together with Netflix, Amazon Prime, Zee5, and Hotstar have signed the self-regulation supplied by Ministry of Info and Broadcasting since February 2020, it mentioned.
The ministry had earlier advised 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.