WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS 23rd JAN TO 28th JAN 2021

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MIRZAPUR SERIES ROW: ALLAHABAD HIGH COURT STAYS ARREST OF PRODUCERS FARHAN AKHTAR & RITESH SIDHWANI.

High Court ordered stay of arrest of ‘Mirzapur Web Series’ producers Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani for FIR which was lodged against the petitioners (Farhan Akhtar & Ritesh Sidhwani). Complainant had claimed in the FIR that the series promotes illicit relationships, abusive language, casteism and portrays a wrong/ polluted picture of the legal/judicial system therein and the portrayal of the town of Mirzapur in such a manner is far away from reality of life in Mirzapur and thereby has hurt his sentiments.

ADVERTISING INDUSTRY REGULATOR ASCI TO SET UP TASK FORCE FOR MONITORING OTT ADS.

As per reports, the Advertising Standards Council of India [ASCI] is setting up a task force to monitor and regulate advertising on over-the-top (OTT) streaming platforms, at a time when OTT platforms such as Amazon and Netflix are exploring advertising revenue options to move beyond subscription-only models, while others such as Zee5, Disney+Hotstar, Sony Liv and Voot, which are already large platforms for advertising, continue to increase their user bases.

MADRAS HIGH COURT SEEKS CENTRE’S RESPONSE IN PLEA TO CENSOR SOCIAL MEDIA CONTENT.

The Madras High Court sought a response from the central government on a plea which sought to regulate, control and monitor the content on social media platforms and to form a panel of censor members.

GOVERNMENT DRAWING UP BROAD GUIDELINES FOR OTT CENSORSHIP IN INDIA.

The I&B ministry, which had rejected the self-regulation framework proposed by IAMAI in September last year, is working on specific legislative changes for OTT censorship in India. The government is gearing up to introduce broad content guidelines for video-streaming platforms—commonly known as over-the-top (OTT) players.

ONLINE RUMMY: KERALA HIGH COURT SERVES NOTICE TO VIRAT KOHLI, TAMANNAAH, AJU VARGHESE.

The Kerala High Court served notice to cricketer Virat Kohli, actors Tamannaah Bhatia and Aju Varghese over a plea against online rummy. The petitioner pointed out that the actors/brand ambassadors have played a major role to attract more people to this online game. Petitioner claimed that Kerala has identified playing rummy as an offence under the Kerala Gaming Act in 1960. But the government did not initiate further action to execute it. Hence, the petitioner requested that court should take immediate action to ban online rummy legally.

INDEPENDENT MEDIA TRIBUNAL: SUPREME COURT ISSUES NOTICE ON FILM PRODUCER’S PETITION.

The Supreme Court issued notice on a petition filed by film producer Nilesh Navlakha seeking the establishment of an independent regulatory media tribunal for expeditious hearing of complaints filed by viewers against media businesses. The petitioner urged the Court for setting up an independent high-powered committee to scrutinize and review the entire legal framework relating to media business regulation and recommend appropriate guidelines to be laid down by the Supreme Court.

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