On Friday, fifteen Indian streaming services and digital companies released the "Universal Self-Regulation Code for Online Curated Content Providers". This is the third such code from the Internet and Mobile Association of India's Digital Entertainment Committee; read the first code here and the second code here. Timeline In January 2019, nine streaming services in India announced a self-regulation code that settled on some "best practices" to avoid government-led censorship. Over that year, the government indicated that strengthening this self-regulatory code may be required by holding confidential consultations on the subject. In February 2020, the Internet and Mobile Association of India unveiled a new code that some players drafted and signed up for. This code set up a Digital Content Complaints Committee which would serve as an appeals body that can penalise OTT players. Justice AP Shah was to be the Chairman of the committee, which was being set up as a self regulatory body. Over the following months, multiple OTT players opposed the new code, and highlighted the lack of consensus and adequate consultation within the IAMAI. The IAMAI's Governing Council asked its Digital Entertainment Committee to come up with a solution acceptable to all members. September 4, 2020: The present code summarised below, is the outcome of that subsequent process. List of members The following is the list of signatories to the code as of Friday. Notable exceptions include Sony LIV, YouTube Premium, and Apple TV+. Zee5 Viacom18 Disney+ Hotstar Amazon Prime Video Netflix MX Player Jio Cinema Eros…
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