The Karnataka High Court has held that the
films, serials and other multimedia contents transmitted through online
platforms like Youtube, Netflix cannot be regulated under Cinematograph Act,
The court observed that going by the concept of
internet and its operation, the act of exhibition of films, serials and other
content perhaps amounts to transfer of files based on requests by users.
Therefore, it does not come under the purview of Cinematograph Act.
verdict came in the backdrop of a petition which alleged that children were
being affected due to unregulated content transmitted through online platforms.
The petition sought a mechanism to regulate content from online platforms.
a similar petition was filed in Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court which
sought framing of guidelines by the government to regulate the functioning of
online media streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
Act, 1952 deals with provisions for the certification of cinematograph films
for exhibition and for regulating exhibitions by means of cinematographs.