SC stays cases related to OTT content regulation, pending before various High Courts

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court stayed the proceeding of cases related to the regulation of content on media streaming platforms like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix etc., which are pending before various High Courts.

A three-judge Bench headed by Hon’ble Justice Chandrachud issued the above-mentioned direction while hearing the Centre’s transfer petition seeking transfer of cases related to streaming platforms’ regulation.

Hon’ble Court observed that it wouldn’t transfer the cases today, as the service was not complete. The Bench asked Solicitor General Tusha to ensure that the service is complete, and the Bench now will hear the matter in the second week after Holi.

The SG informed the Court one of the High Courts has stated that they proceed with the petition unless the Top Court decides to stay the case.

However, the Bench that when a notice is issued in a transfer petition, it is assumed that the case has stayed.

Senior Counsel Gopal Jain submitted that Punjab and Haryana High Court vide its order dated 24.11.2020 has stated that they would decide the case even if Apex Court hears it, on the next date of hearing.

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The Bench decided to stay all the matters pending before the High Courts and included this specific part in the order.

Now, the case will be taken up after Holi.

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