Legal Issues Faced by Media and Entertainment Sector in India

The M&E industry has grown rapidly in the last decade as a result of digitisation and internet usage. Through demographics and various means, such as radio, theatre, print, television, video, gaming, ads, music, OTT services, and so on, the Internet has become a traditional entertainment media for the majority of people. As an industry grows at such an unpredictably fast pace, it also brings with it a new set of problems, which this article examines.

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There are various fields in the media and entertainment industry that are relevant to the Indian media and entertainment industry, including TV serials, movies, and small segments such as radio, gaming, internet advertising, and music. The future of Indian media and entertainment is inextricably linked to the country's economic growth. Indian television, which is four times the size of the Indian film industry, is the media and entertainment industry with the  most consistent production. India's media and entertainment industry is expected to rise at a compound annual growth rate of 14.3 percent.

The M&E industry is a big one, with several laws governing different facets of it. We have laws relating to the control of advertising on various exhibition platforms such as cinema theatres, television, and the internet, such as the Cinematograph Act of 1952, the Cable Television Network Regulation Act of 1995, and the Information Technology Act of 2000. Then there are laws including the Copyright Act of 1957 and the Trademarks Act of 1999, which deal with intellectual property.The Indian Penal Code of 1860 stipulates penalties for a variety of offences, most of which are related to incidents in the M&E industry, such as injuring religious beliefs, defamation, and selling stolen goods.

The legal issues that affect the M&E industry in India are discussed here.

Regulation of Content

The fundamental freedom under Art.  19(1)(a) can be reasonably restricted only for the purposes mentioned in Art.  19(2) and the restriction must be justified on the anvil of necessity and not the quicks and of convenience and expediency. Open criticism of Government policies and operations is not a ground for restricting expression. We must practice tolerance to the views of others. Intolerance is as much dangerous to democracy as to the person himself


Abuse of penal laws

Technology and Agnostic Laws

COVID-19 specific Contract Issues


This article contains a rundown of the difficulties/challenges faced by the media and entertainment industries, both collectively and individually. The general trend is for society to move toward digital and social transformation. With the use of rapidly evolving technology, disseminating information and news has become much easier. The effects of technology are dependent on the general changes in the industry, their impact on each country, and how their audiences respond  and adapt to the transition. It also relies on censorship, manipulation, professionalism, and interpersonal relationships, as well as policies that are framed, regulated, and implemented.

This post, on the other hand, mentions all of the issues we hear about in our everyday lives, while the real, ground-level problems are beyond its scope. The launch of FDI, government restrictions and economic effects, modern consumer lifestyles, and technological innovation are all happening in and around the Indian media industry today. Though producing high-quality finished products, the industry must persevere in the face of adversity. To prosper in the economy, the media industry has what it takes to be a tool rather than a weapon; all it takes is a little government assistance and the general public's open mind, ears, and eyes.

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