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THE INDIAN M&E SECTOR – A GAME CHANGER FOR THE INDIAN ECONOMY
STRUGGLING THROUGH A DOUBLE EDGED SWORD

There is not even an iota of doubt when it comes to how high rising is the Indian Media and Entertainment Industry as far as the Indian Economy is concerned. Various industry surveys and reports have endorsed the scopes of the sector with thumping growth figures and aggressive times ahead.

THE LEGAL & REGULATORY BREATHERS THE SECTOR IS IN NEED OF

While the numbers aforesaid might seem to be very promising and aggressive, there still remains a plethora of grey areas in terms of legal and regulatory aspects that The Indian Media & Entertainment Sector struggles to get through. The concerns vary from favourable business environs to the morals and ethics of journalism as well. The sector swings at a double edged sword where the business extremes are struggling hard to strike a balance between various notions of business.

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It is under this background the Lex Witness after successfully completing 3 editions, now presents The 4th Annual Edition of The Media, Advertising & Entertainment Legal Summit 2015 scheduled to be on 20th November 2015 at Le Meridien, New Delhi.

The summit shall have a mighty audience of about a 100 attendees listening to industry experts like;

– A. Mohan, President – Legal & Regulatory Affairs, Zee Network
– Ameet Datta, Partner, Saikrishna & Associates
– Anil Lale,Group General Counsel, Zee Entertainment and Zee News
– Ashish Chandra, General Counsel, Snapdeal.com
– Ayan Roy Chowdhury, General Counsel, Balaji Motion Pictures
– Gauram Vohra, General Counsel, Hike
– GR Raghavender, Joint Secretary, DIPP, Ministry of Commerce & Industry
– Hon’ble Justice Mukul Mudgal, Chairperson, BCCC
– K. Subramaniam, Former CMD, BECIL
– Maneesha Dhir, Founding & Managing Partner, Dhir & Dhir Associates
– Mihir Rale, VP – Legal & Regulatory, Star India
– Nikhil Pahwa, Editor & Publisher, MediaNama
– Pankaj Krishna, Founder & CEO, Chrome Data Analytics & Media
– Rajat Nigam, Group Chief Technology Officer, Network18 Media & Investments
– Rajiv Khattar, President – South Asia, Asia Broadcast Satellite
– Saikrishna Rajagopal, Managing Partner, Saikrishna & Associates
– Sheetal Kapur, Head – Legal & Regulatory, PayU Payments
– Shobhna Bajaj, Executive Director & Senior Counsel – Legal, Turner International
– Sisir Pillai, Chief Operating Officer, Lukup Media
– Vatsal Asher, CEO, DMAi
– Vinit C Sharma, Sr. Director & Head Legal, IndiaCast Distribution
– Vynsley Fernandes, Director, Castle Media

The summit shall focus on various discussion theme but not limited to;

THE COPYRIGHT REGIME IN INDIA – AN ONGOING DEBATE

The Indian Media & Entertainment Sector has been through quite a few strides in all manners but, Copyright remains a major cross road for the industry to cross over. It is still a word of imagination when it comes to strike a balance between implementation and vision behind The Copyright Amendment Act 2012. Right from the sector stakeholders to the Government there are several blocks of confusion and ambiguity on several aspects. Not only this, but the industry within itself seems to be divided and lacks a unified stand.

THE REGULATORY RIDES – A WATCH ON THE ‘WATCH DOG’

Regulation in the M&E sector has often raised eyebrows to ponder whether the business environs are friendly or not. The industry as a collaborative one in nature, has been struggling through to find its way out of the regulation mazes. With TRAI on one hand and CCI on the other there are several realms of debates and discussions today to see how best one can adhere to the law and take up the business fortunes as well. No doubt the watch is quite stern and clear!

MEDIA RIGHTS vs. FREEDOM OF SPEECH & EXPRESSION

The Indian Media & Entertainment Sector stands at a razor’s edge when it comes to self-regulation, ethics, freedom of speech and expression and media rights. This is one such locus where all policies and efforts come at a pause and seek a direction which is permanent, well consented with and appreciated in terms of business environs.

DIGITAL INDIA – EASIER SAID THAN DONE?

The current government machinery has the NAMO way towards shining India towards a Digital Makeover. However, there is much more to it. The Satellite Communication scenario in the country has been shelved for long beginning 1997 – 2012 and yet no relief has been announced as the New Satcom Policy 2015 is long awaited by the industry overall. While the draft ‘seems’ to be quite relieving and encouraging, until then, what has the industry been going through?

AGE MEDIA – CONVERGENCE vs. DIVERGENCE

Amongst many other sectors of India Inc. The Media and Entertainment Sector stands with a pomp as well when it comes to the tremendous uplift that has come in due to ‘Technology’. The era no more remains of media being about the Newspaper or the Television. It has stretched its arms towards a world of Internet which drives domains like Online and Digital Media Worlds. These worlds seem to be parallel media worlds via apps, websites and various other platforms. However, with the platforms crossing a galore mark, has also led to a wild hunt and dissemination of content that has not only created Copyright Complications of different sort but has raised questions of piracy and ownership as well.

For any queries related to summit participation, you may get in touch with;

​Akshay Alagh
Group Business Head
Lex Witness – India’s 1st Magazine on Legal & Corporate Affairs
M: +91.9899332111
E: Akshay@WitnessLive.in
W: www.maels.in

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