- The Supreme Court has sought central Government response on a petition which seeks framing of guidelines by the government to regulate the functioning of online media streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
- The petitioner had filed this appeal against the decision of the Delhi High Court which had dismissed its PIL in February,2019.The Delhi High Court had observed that since the law did not require these platforms to acquire a license it cannot direct them to get one.
- The petitioner in its plea has said that these online platforms were displaying unlicensed content and collecting subscription amounts from Indian consumers.But the content was illegal under the provisions of the Indian Cinematograph Act and has not been cleared by the Central Board for Film Certification(CBFC).
- Further,the petitioner has also claimed that due to lack of regulation, these platforms are telecasting shows full of vulgarity which violates provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Information Technology Act.
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