In no particular order, here are MediaNama’s top 10 stories of the week ended 17th March 2019

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YouTube will label fact-checked videos in India; no partners specified

YouTube will now show information panels when Indian users search for topics that are prone to misinformation, it wrote in a YouTube Answer. Available in English and Hindi, the information is powered by fact-checkers (aka approved publishers), and tells users whether the information about a topic is true, false, or partly true. Read it here

Ecommerce policy: DPIIT extends the comments deadline to 29 March

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has extended the deadline for sending comments on India’s ecommerce policy to 29 March 2019, as opposed to the previous deadline of 9 March, it said in a notification. Stakeholders and the public can send comments to Read it here

UN Special Rapporteur highlights censorship dangers of proposed EU copyright directive

David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, has said that the European Union’s copyright law should not be at the cost of freedom of expression. Kaye added that the law should be modernised. Read it here

Delhi HC asks for AYUSH ministry’s response in Aadhaar biometric attendance petition

The Delhi HC has sought the response of the Ministry of AYUSH in a petition challenging its decision to use Aadhaar-based attendance in Ayurvedic, Homeopathic, Unani, Siddha colleges, reports LiveLaw. The petition was filed by Uttaranchal Ayurvedic College via attorney Amit Sahni. Read it here

India’s ecommerce policy is inconsistent and vague, stifles innovation – Nikhil Sud`

India’s draft e-commerce policy, dated February 23, imposes various obligations including in connection with data. In several ways – five of which are discussed below – the policy’s data obligations risk discouraging investment and innovation in India from international companies and (perhaps inadvertently) from Indian ones, to the detriment of Indian consumers. Read it here

YouTube launches Music Premium at Rs 99, YouTube Premium at Rs 129 per month

YouTube has launched YouTube Music, its music and video streaming app in India. YouTube Music will come with songs, albums, playlists (genres, mood, activity and language based) and artist radios, remix catalogs, covers and music videos. This will be personalised according to user usage. YouTube Music will have a free and a Premium paid version, which will cost Rs 99 per month. Read it here

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways’ Bulk Data sharing policy allows it to sell Drivers License and Vehicle registration data

The Ministry of Road Transport (MoRTH) and Highways has released a Bulk Data Sharing Policy & Procedure in which it states who can buy bulk vehicle data of Registration Certificates (RCs) and Driving Licenses (DLs), what it can do with it and how much the data will cost. MoRTH says that it shares data with enforcement agencies, automobile industries, banks, finance companies etc at specified rates for each data set. Read it here

En route to an IPO, Ebix puts in a bid to buy Yatra

US software company Ebix has offered to acquire 100% of the outstanding stock of travel company Yatra Online. Ebix, which provides software services for financial, healthcare, and insurance companies, intends to merge Yatra with its Indian EbixCash subsidiary. Ebix’s offer (made on March 11) for Yatra’s purchase stands at $7 per share, which is a premium of 84% on Yatra’s closing share price of $3.80 on March 8. Read it here

Spotify’s India launch and the crucial legal battle on music copyright – SpicyIP

It’s the one we’ve all been waiting for. Spotify, the Swedish music-streaming service, finally launched in India after months of speculation as to when and how the service would reach Indian consumers. Yet, an as yet unknown number of works in Spotify’s catalogue are in a precarious position, and could at any moment be pulled from the service. Read it here

Google removed 2.3B ads in 2018, 58.8M phishing ads; 143K election ads verified in US

Google took down 2.3 billion ads in 2018, which is much fewer than the 3.2 billion ads it removed in 2017, for violating its advertising policies. Google took down 207,000 ads for ticket resellers, 531,000 ads for bail bonds and approximately 58.8 million phishing ads. This year Google focused on granular removals for ads of certain pages on a website. Read it here