Netflix, Amazon Prime do not require licence from govt: Centre to Delhi HC

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New Delhi, Feb 8: Online platforms including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and others are not required to obtain licences from the government to run their programmes, the Centre told the Delhi High Court on Friday.

“Online platforms are not required to obtain any licences from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the content on online platforms is not being regulated by this Ministry,” the government told a bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V. Kameswar Rao.

The court was hearing an NGO, Justice for Rights Foundation, plea filed by advocate Harpreet S. Hora who has sought laws or rules for regulating vulgar and sexually explicit content available on these platforms.

The court asked Hora to seek appropriate remedies on his complaint.

The Court also dismissed a plea seeking a ban on online platforms including Netflix and Amazon Prime till the regulations are framed. The petition claimed that the content on such platforms is inappropriate, sexually explicit, religiously forbidden and legally restricted.

The NGO alleged that most of the content available on the platform was in violation of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act.

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