Children In The Entertainment Industry: A Need For Regulation

Shivani Karmakar & Shivani Panda, Amity Law School, Delhi, GGSIPU


The boundaries of entertainment have pushed all known envelops to expand into terrains hitherto less, if not completely unexplored. The rise of social media platforms, such as YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok have substantially transformed the definition of what it means to be an artist and have engaged with their work an unprecedented community of consumers of content. Most importantly, with the emergence of a steadily increasing number of children who have taken to the industry, be it via television, films, or digital media, as a means of monetary pursuit, the question that needs to be raised and demands to be answered is, has law been able to keep pace with these developments?

This paper delves into the labour law regulations that govern children working in the entertainment industry. It traces the international standpoint on the subject and discusses how the lack of definitive labour laws for television and social media platforms have proved to be unethical, exploitive and, problematic, especially with regard to minors. Lastly, it seeks to outline and analyse the legislative scenario in India.

Keywords: Labour Law, Entertainment Industry, Social Media

Indian Journal of Law and Legal Research

Abbreviation: IJLLR

ISSN: 2582-8878


Accessibility: Open Access

License: Creative Commons 4.0

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