The Supreme Court docket Thursday sought the Centre’s response on a PIL for regulating OTT platforms equivalent to Netflix and Amazon Prime by an autonomous physique.
A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian issued notices to the central authorities, Ministry of Info and Broadcasting and Web and Cellular Affiliation of India.
“We are going to problem discover,” the apex court docket mentioned whereas listening to the plea filed by advocates Shashank Shekhar Jha and Apurva Arhatia looking for a correct board/establishment /affiliation for the monitoring and administration of content material on completely different OTT/Streaming and digital media platforms.
“With cinemas theatres unlikely to open anytime quickly within the nation, OTT/Streaming and completely different digital media platforms have absolutely given a means 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 sequence from the censor board,” the plea mentioned.
At current, nevertheless, there isn’t any 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 accomplished 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.