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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...
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...
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...
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recently notified the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) 2023 Rules, 2023 (“2023 Rules”) on 31st May, 2023 which is to come into effect within 3 (three) months from the date of...
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 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...
I&B minister Prakash Javadekar recently at an event invited suggestions and recommendations from audience and other stakeholders regarding certification of online content. Last year several cases were filed in different courts of the country again seeking regulation of online content. Read the orders here, here and here. Recently the Karnataka...
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...
In an earlier post we had covered how the show, Bindas Bol on Sudarshan News, anchored by Sudarshan Chavkhane has been in legal trouble for being communalising in nature ever since it’s trailer was released. The Supreme court had earlier declined to issue a pre-broadcast interlocutory injunction while the...
On 17th June, 2021, the Central Government has issued a notification (Read notification here) amending the Cable Television Network Rules, 1994 to provide a statutory mechanism for the redressal of complaints relating to content broadcasted by the television channels. These rules have been termed as “The Cable Television Networks...

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