Delhi HC dismisses PIL seeking regulation of online video content

MUMBAI: The Delhi High Court Friday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by NGO seeking framing of guidelines by the government to regulate the functioning of online media streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

The plea was rejected following the submission by the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) that online platforms are not required to obtain any licence.

In its plea, the NGO had contended that online streaming platforms show content which is unregulated and uncertified for public viewing.

It also submitted that web series like ‘Sacred Games’, ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Spartacus’ contain “vulgar, profane, sexually explicit, pornographic, morally unethical and virulent content which often depict women in objectifying manner.

The court had earlier made it clear that it was not issuing notice on the petition by NGO Justice for Rights Foundation but was only seeking the government’s response on the plea which also alleged that the online media streaming platforms show “uncertified, sexually explicit and vulgar” content.

The plea had also sought an order to the ministries to direct the online platforms “to remove legally restricted content with immediate effect”.