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Friday, 08 November 2019 05:18

MIB to organise another round of debate on OTT regulation

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Rethinking its decision, the information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry has announced to organise a second round of consultation on the issue of regulating online video content in Chennai soon. The first round of consultations happened in Mumbai in October.

Major OTT platform including Netflix, Amazon and Hotstar have been invited through industry association, the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). 

However, the segment believes there are enough laws, including the Information Technology Act, to regulate online content and seek legal recourse. They argued that streaming platforms are meant for private viewing, unlike traditional mediums such as television and cinema, which are broadcast publicly.

Gowree Gokhale, head of Telecom, Media and Technology practice at Nishith Desai Associates said: “We should publish a list of all the laws that apply to OCCP platforms so that there is no is perception that OCCPs are not regulated. Basically, we have to decide the best way forward, because what are we going to reply to all those PILs?”

 An industry insider commented: “We need to make sure the title has age rating, content description, and the platform has age gating (parental control) to protect children. This will protect citizens and vulnerable groups like children. In an attempt to bring parity with broadcast, let’s not introduce new laws.”

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