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Netflix, Hotstar, Reliance Jio, Zee5, AltBalaji, Sony-Liv,Viacom 18, Arre are some of the online video streaming platforms who have recently agreed to the Code on Self-Regulation drafted by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) . However, Amazon Prime Prime, TVF, Hungama, Yupp TV Google and Facebook seem...
This article was first featured in the magazine 'The Kolkata Protector' (March-April 2018 edition), a magazine for the Kolkata Police. The e-version of the article can be accessed here.  It is not easy to list down only five hurdles faced by the Media and Entertainment industry of India, but I...
The Ministry of Electronics & IT (MeitY) has kicked off the public consultations on a Draft Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules 2018 which will replace the rules notified under the same law in 2011. The proposed rules are aimed at increasing traceability of social media activity in a bid...
India remains one of those few democracies in the world in which news dissemination on radio still remains within the control of a government owned broadcaster, Prasar Bharti Corporation which owns and operates All India Radio.With the unparalleled reach which radio as a medium has in India, such monopoly...
The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) on Friday i.e. September 4, 2020 unveiled the Universal Self-Regulation Code for OCCPs (“Code”). The Code has been adopted by 15 leading Online Curated Content Providers in India. The present set of signatories include Zee5, Viacom 18, Disney Hotstar, Amazon Prime...
Introduction In India, art and restrictions often cross paths resulting in a constant struggle between freedom of expression and reasonable restrictions. As we enter into the 73rd year of  adoption of the Constitution, acts of artistic expressions as subject of censorship are on a rise, reinstating the famous debate of...
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Breaking the practice of the eight-week holdback period from theatrical release, several mainstream Bollywood films are being directly released on OTT. Who would have imagined that an Akshay Kumar starrer film ‘Laxmmi Bomb’ or an Amitabh Bachchan-Ayushman Khurana starrer ‘Gulabo Sitaro’ would go...
In a sudden move, the President in exercise of its powers under Article 77 of the Constitution amended Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 has included within the ambit of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting the following entries: “VA. DIGITAL/ONLINE MEDIA 22A. Films and Audio-Visual programmes made available...
It has been often said that media is the fourth pillar of democracy, but this statement appears to be besmirched in the recent past, with our country’s media networks and TV channels being mired with complaints of bias, hate speech, false news, vilification and TRP scandals. The Supreme Court on...
The rapid spread of a global pandemic over the past year and the ensuing health and safety protocols, such as implementation of stringent curfews and lockdowns, adversely impacted numerous sectors and industries. However, the over-the-top (OTT) media sector stood out as a glaring exception to the economic ill-effects of...

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