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Gautam Bhatia

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199460878

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199460878.001.0001

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Film and Internet Censorship

Film and Internet Censorship

(p.174) Chapter Seven Film and Internet Censorship
Offend, Shock, or Disturb

Gautam Bhatia

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the legal regime of film and online censorship in India, and some of the important judicial decisions. It analyses the Supreme Court’s judgments in K.A. Abbas, in which the Court upheld a regime of prior restraint for regulating films, and S. Rangarajan, in which the Court emphatically rejected the heckler’s veto. It also discusses S. Rangarajan’s lukewarm approach towards content-neutrality, and the contrasting position taken by the Delhi and Bombay High Courts over the last decade. It concludes with a discussion of online censorship, website blocking and intermediary liability under the Information Technology Act, which—at the time of the writing of this book—is under litigation at the Supreme Court.

Keywords:   film censorship, prior restraint, Cinematograph Act, K.A. Abbas, S. Rangarjan, content neutrality, Information Technology Act

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