Revealing an actor’s age is illegal? IMDb website sues California

Revealing an actor’s age is illegal? IMDb website sues California

Many actors think there ought to be a law against posting their ages online, and California this year obliged critics of ageism in Hollywood by passing a law targeting a leading movie and television information website.

The law has been challenged in a lawsuit by the company IMDb, which is owned by Amazon.com Inc and operates a repository of information on the film and television industry.

The lawsuit, filed on Thursday in federal court for the Northern District of California, alleges that the measure violates free speech rights under the U.S. Constitution.

Supporters described the law as an effort to prevent age discrimination. It requires officials at IMDb.com to remove from the website the ages of figures in the entertainment industry, including actors and directors, if those individuals request the deletion.

Actors in Hollywood have long complained they are passed over for roles as they get older. Continue reading here…

Source: Reuters, (Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by David Gregorio)| LOS ANGELES

GiGi Capone

November 12th, 2016

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