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NGO Highlights before Supreme Court the Need for a Statutory Body for Effective Control of OTT Platforms

Lawstreet Journal 24 Mar 2021 9:11pm

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Justice for Rights Foundation, an NGO has submitted before the Supreme Court that “online web platforms need to be regulated by Statutory Body in the interest of public morality and decency.” 

It filed a rejoinder affidavit with its submissions, countering the affidavit filed by the Central Government and the Ministry of Communications that pertains to regulation of content on OTT Platforms. 

This plea is scheduled to be heard for Tuesday (March 23, 2021). It will be heard by the three-judge Bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna, D.Y Chandrachud and MR Shah. They will be hearing a batch of pleas on regulation of OTT Platforms like Amazon Prime, Disney Hotstar, Netflix, etc. 

It is supposed to be heard with Central Government’s transfer petition that sought transfer of cases pending in various High Courts pertaining to regulation of OTT platforms. A notice was issued last month on Centre’s plea by Justices Sanjiv Khanna and S Abdul Nazeer who then tagged it with other petitions. 

The NGO has filed the rejoinder through Advocate Satyam Singh who claims that the content which is being broadcasted on these OTT Platforms is violative of various provisions of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, The Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986 along with Information Technology Act, 2000 and other applicable laws. He further stated that now with the acceptance of the fact that no laws to regulate the OTT platforms exist, it is essential to bring them under the regulatory purview. 

He proposed that these must be regulated by a Statutory Body in… Continue Reading...

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