SC issues notification to OTT platforms

Rayarao Sriram -

SC issues notification to OTT platforms

Censorship in India is always debatable because, most of the time, it only curbs the artistic freedom and the creative liberty of filmmakers. Multiple times in the past, in multiple languages, the censorship created problems for the filmmakers. Because of the very same reason, a lot of filmmakers find it easy to create content for digital platforms. However, strict guidelines will be implemented soon for the content that airs on digital streaming platforms.

In the view of the same, a petition was filed in the Supreme court for creating an administrative body that might be known as the Central Board for Regulation and Monitoring of Online Video Contents (CBRMOVC) to monitor and filter the content streaming on all online platforms in India. The petitioner proposes to have an IAS officer heading the board along with the people from other fields.

The Supreme court acknowledged the same but did not give any direction yet. The court believes that the parties involved must be engaged in discussing it and issued a notification to them. The petitioner mainly stresses the fact that a lot of content is getting created on online platforms, especially in the current times when theatres are not functioning properly. The petitioner strongly requests the court to set up the body in regulating the content on online platforms.

Not to forget that Hotstar, Voot, Jio and Sony LIV earlier recommended Digital Content Complaint Council (DCCC) for meeting the same requirement. But, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, ALTBalaji, Zee5, Arre, and MX Player have opposed the move. These streaming platforms believe that they are in the right place to determine the nature of the content and the restrictions to be imposed if any. They do not want any separate body that curbs their freedom.

The debate of regulating content streaming on online platforms is never-ending, with too many diverse opinions emerging on a particular project. When the OTT platforms have become the major stop for entertainment, the discussion on creating a separate board for regulating the content is picking up. It might take some more time until we arrive at a concrete decision either from the court or the government.


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