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Notice issued by SC to Centre for petition seeking regulation of content on Netflix, Amazon Prime

The content featured on OTT platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hotstar is being petitioned to be regulated by Centre in accordance with which, a notice was issued by the Supreme court of India . A similar plea was dismissed earlier on February 8, 2019 by Delhi High Court.

 The petition is being filed by NGO named JUSTICE FOR RIGHTS alleging that the online streaming platforms show “uncertified, sexually explicit and vulgar” content. The PIL has also alleged that the content of several shown streaming on these platforms violates provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)  and the Information Technology Act.

Leading Online Curated Content Providers (OCCPs) including Netflix, Hotstar, Voot, Arre, Sonyliv and ALTBalaji came together in January 2019, with intent to self-regulate video streaming content; OCCPs voluntarily have signed a self-regulatory Code of Best Practices under the aegis of Inter and Mobile Association of India.

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