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Netflix, Hotstar in Talks With Indian Government to Establish Self-Regulation Code for Content

27 November 2019

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Netflix, Hotstar in Talks With Indian Government to Establish Self-Regulation Code for Content

Leading platforms such as Netflix, Disney’s Hotstar, SonyLiv and Indian player Zee5, among others, have been holding discussions with the Indian government to hammer out a self-regulation code for streaming content.

While theatrical film and television are heavily regulated in India, the country currently does not have any official guidelines for the streaming space. Last year, Netflix was hit with a lawsuit, still ongoing, over its first Indian original Sacred Games. One of India’s political parties alleged the hit crime thriller disrespected the country’s late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi with an unflattering depiction.

In January, leading platforms had come together to sign and follow an industry code of conduct and self-regulation for online content. That marked the first time Netflix signed on to this kind of code in a single country. It previously adopted a similar code for the Southeast Asia region.

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Photo credit: Photo still from Sacred Games