New IT Rules for OTT platforms & Digital News Publishers
Indian Government has made some strict rules to mandate content of OTT platforms into five age-based categories — U (Universal), U/A 7+, U/A 13+, U/A 16+, and A (Adult), and implement parental locks for content classified as U/A 13+ or higher, and reliable age verification mechanisms for content classified as “A”.
The OTT platforms will be required to follow all these basic laws to stream the content Online. They will also have to set up the same three-tier grievance redressal mechanism like the digital media platforms.
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The Digital Streaming Platforms that are currently operating in India will have to inform the I&B Ministry about the details of their entity, and also publish periodic compliance reports every month mentioning the details of grievances received and action taken, the rules stated. The new rules will apply to OTT platforms like Alt Balaji, Hotstar, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Jio, Zee5, Viacom18, Shemaroo, MxPlayer and several others.
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