Netflix, Amazon etc., to be brought under Cinematograph Act Notice issue: Karnataka HC
The Karnataka High Court Bench of Acting Chief Justice L Narayana Swamy and Justice PS Dinesh Kumar issued notice in a petition seeking regulation of content on online streaming services including Netflix, Hotstar, and Amazon Prime Video.
The petition filed by Padmanabh Shankar states that there is a lack of legislative framework regulating the broadcast of movies, serials, etc on the internet through various sites. The multimedia content broadcast through these sites often depict vulgarity.
In the petition Reference is made to the Cinematograph Act, 1952 and the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act and Rules, which regulate content in movies and television programs. It is contended that the Cinematograph Act should apply for transmission or broadcasting of movies, serials and other multimedia content via the internet. Therefore, a direction that watching films, serials etc. through the internet would amount to public exhibition under the Cinematograph Act is sought for.
Bench issued notice to the respondents Netflix, Amazon Prime etc.