The Supreme Court on Tuesday requested the Centre to apprise it on what authorities proposes to do to control Over-the-top (OTT) platforms corresponding to Netflix and Amazon Prime.
A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde requested the Central authorities to file an affidavit on what it’s planning on doing after the federal government stated it”s engaged on the matter.
During the listening to, Additional Solicitor General KM Nataraj, showing for the Centre, informed the Bench that authorities has not finalised the steps to be taken in regulating the OTT platforms however it’s considering.
To this, the Chief Justice stated, “We cannot accept mere contemplates. Everybody in the world is contemplating. File affidavit on what you are doing.”
At the outset, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta additionally showing for Centre informed the Bench that “the issue is being taken seriously and something is already underway.”
After listening to Solicitor General’s submission Bench recommended that petitioners file a illustration earlier than the federal government and provides their options, nevertheless, later it requested the federal government to file an affidavit and tagged the plea together with comparable plea pending earlier than it.
The apex courtroom was listening to a Public Interest Litigation( PIL) filed by advocates Shashank Shekhar Jha and Apurva Arhatia for regulating OTT platforms by an autonomous physique.
The plea sought a correct board/establishment /affiliation for the monitoring and administration of content material on totally different OTT/Streaming and digital media platforms.
It stated that at current there is no such thing as a regulation or autonomous physique governing, monitoring, and managing such digital contents and it’s made out there to the general public at giant with none filter or screening.
The PIL stated that not one of the OTT/Streaming platforms together with Netflix, Amazon Prime, Zee5, and Hotstar has signed the self-regulation offered by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting since February 2020.
There are over 40 such platforms offering paid, advertisement-inclusive, and free content material to roughly 130 crore individuals throughout India, the petitioners stated.
The petition stated their intention is to guard the constitutional proper to life, by stopping these platforms from abusing their freedom of expression.
The plea requested the organising of a board headed by a secretary-level IAS officer, with members from diverse fields together with film, cinematographic, media, defence forces, authorized and schooling.
The plea said, “With cinemas theatres unlikely to open anytime soon in the country, OTT/Streaming and different digital media platforms have surely given a way out for filmmakers and artists to release their content without being worried about getting clearance certificates for their films and series from the censor board.”
In a separate case, the Centre had earlier informed the apex courtroom that there’s a want to control digital media and that the courtroom might first appoint a committee of individuals as amicus earlier than laying down pointers with respect to the regulation of hate speech in media.
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