2018-02-20 20:39:58 UTC
Back in 2016 a new California law went into effect which required the site IMDb
to remove actors ages on the site if requested. IMDb has been fighting the law
since then and it was finally ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge on
Just two months after the law went into effect, IMDb filed a federal lawsuit
against then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris trying to stop the
enforcement of the law. US District Court Judge Vince Chhabria then put a pause
on the law going into effect and now that same judge has ruled it
unconstitutional. He also further argued that restricting information on IMDb is
not the solution to age or sex discrimination in Hollywood.
The defendants...[dont] explain how a law preventing one company from posting
age-related information on one website could discourage the entertainment
industry from continuing to objectify and devalue women, the judge argued. If
the government is going to attempt to restrict speech, it should at least
develop a clearer understanding of the problem its trying to solve.
The Writers Guild of America pressured IMDb to remove actors ages since 2010
and some, like actress Huong Hoang, actually sued the website for revealing her
age (she eventually lost the suit.) Actors argued that listing ages on IMDb
could add to problems of age discrimination in Hollywood and keeping them from
gaining jobs. IMDb argued that the law was over-reaching censorship which
unfairly targeted their site.