SC issues notice to Centre over regulating content on OTT platforms

By Astha Joshi-

The Supreme Court bench headed by the Chief Justice of India SA Bobde heard a petition over the regulation of content on the online streaming platforms. The court has issued a notice to the Centre of the same.

The petition that mentioned the need to regulate content on OTT platforms in India was filed by advocates Shashank Shekhar Jha and Apurva Arhatia.

The petitioners said that they aimed to protect the right to life by having a regulating body to prevent the content creators from abusing freedom of expression.

The CJI replied, “We will issue notice. We don’t know if it is possible, but we are issuing notice.”

The petition also mentioned that no independent authority or body in India prevails to keep a check on the content or filter it before streaming.

The petitioners averred that there are many streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, TVF Play, etc. that stream the content uncensored.