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SC asks Centre to inform it of steps for OTT regulation

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to inform it of the steps being taken to regulate Over The Top (OTT) platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+Hotstar, among others.

A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde, was hearing a PIL filed by Advocate Shashank Shekhar Jha (GoaChronicle Legal Editor) seeking establishment of an autonomous body to regulate OTT platforms.

The petitioner argued that with more OTT platforms being launched, more instances of cyber crimes are being recorded in the country.

When the Court asked Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain about the steps taken by the government on the issue, he replied that the government was still contemplating measures.

The bench said, ‘We cannot accept mere contemplations. Everybody contemplates.’

The bench posted the matter for two weeks and asked the Centre to file a reply affidavit on the steps being taken for OTT regulation.

Recently, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar told the Rajya Sabha that OTT guidelines are almost ready and will be notified soon.

The OTT players have come out with a code of conduct that will form the basis for self-regulation of content.

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