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Indian music industry keen for safe-harbour clampdown


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The ‘value gap’ debate isn’t just a European or American thing. In India, too, there is a discussion going on (and, indeed, a fully-fledged political consultation exercise) on how safe harbours should operate.

The Indian government is considering new legislation – the  Information Technology [Intermediaries Guidelines (Amendment) Rules – and Indian music-industry body IMI has published its response.

As summarised by news site Medianama, the body’s approach will be familiar from that adopted by music-industry bodies elsewhere in the world. “Any intermediary safe harbours should be limited to technical, automatic and passive intermediaries and on the condition that they operate in the manner expected of a diligent economic operator to prevent the availability of infringing content on their platforms,” suggested IMI, which believes YouTube and similar services “bear little resemblance to essential infrastructure providers”.

IMI also wants such platforms to be forced to adopt a ‘notice and stay down’ policy: rather than simply taking down individual pieces of content, they should ensure they are not re-uploaded by other users. With 225 million YouTube users in India – and massive streams of Indian music on the platform, as we’ve been reporting – the ‘value gap’ battle will be just as prominent there as elsewhere, we sense.

Stuart Dredge

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