Supreme Court issues notice to center on plea seeking framework of guidelines to regulate streaming platforms

FP Staff

May 10, 2019 14:03:08 IST

The Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice to the center on a plea seeking framing of guidelines by the government to regulate online media streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video India and others.

Supreme Court issues notice to center on plea seeking framework of guidelines to regulate streaming platforms

Netflix logo. Image from Reuters

The plea was heard by a bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna, and was filed against Delhi High Court's decision of dismissing a similar petition last February.

Currently, online media streaming platforms do not have to take any approvals from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in India.

The High Court bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice VK Rao dismissed the petition after the Information & Broadcasting Ministry informed that online platforms are not required to obtain any licenses from them.

The petition in Delhi High Court was filed by NGO Justice for Rights Foundation, stating that series like Sacred Games, Game Of Thrones and Spartacus on online platforms contain "vulgar, profane, sexually explicit, pornographic, morally unethical and virulent" content which often "depict women in objectifying manner".

While the final season of Game Of Thrones is streaming currently on Hotstar, season 2 of Sacred Games is scheduled to premiere sometime this year.

(Also read — Sacred Games season 2: Nawazuddin Siddiqui reintroduces his character in signature Ganesh Gaitonde style)

With inputs from Asian News International

Updated Date: May 10, 2019 14:03:08 IST

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