Streaming platforms will on-board legal luminaries to their in-house complaints committee in response to the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting's refusal to endorse the industry's self-regulation code, an industry group representative said. Tarun Katial, the outgoing CEO of ZEE5 and the head of the Digital Entertainment Committee at the Internet and Mobile Association of India, said that the self-regulation code will not be amended, but when being implemented, "we'll bring in legal luminaries, who have a better understanding on what is the law of the land, and what could really become crossing the line or hurting sentiments or doing something which was against the constitution of the country" so that "so that there is a certain amount of awareness that is built on what is right and wrong." Katial was speaking at a webinar organised by the India International Centre on Friday. Katial also reiterated remarks he made during FICCI's Fast Track Digital event on the same subject. When pressed on the Ministry's refusal to endorse the code (confirmed by MediaNama's reporting), Katial said, "The ministry is saying that they would rather that we have a stronger redressal mechanism on the tier 2, where there are more external parties involved, to be able to give us better feedback, and they want to articulate the section on applicable laws. Are we going to do it? Yes, we're going to do the articulation of the section on applicable laws. Whether we do it or not, it's anyway articulated in the constitution of…
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