1.20.2017

Entertainment Case: California Defends IMDb's Challenge to Actor Age Censorship Law

originally published on 1.20.17 by Eriq Gardner for THR

California has filed its opposition to IMDb's attempt to stop a controversial new law over the display of an actor's age. The state tells a California federal judge that the statute is more about contracts than speech.
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the law in September after Hollywood's biggest actors' guild lobbied for the change. SAG-AFTRA aimed to combat age discrimination by forcing certain websites to remove age information upon request.
In November, IMDb filed suit and demanded an injunction on enforcement. The Amazon.com subsidiary argues the law is "unconstitutionally over-inclusive because it requires IMDb to censor the factual age-related information of producers, directors, casting agents, and myriad other entertainment professionals, many of whom face no realistic risk of age discrimination from the publication of their ages on IMDb."
IMDb has drawn support from the EFF, the First Amendment Coalition, the Wikimedia Foundation and The Center for Democracy & Technology. Meanwhile, SAG-AFTRA is looking to intervene in the case by being named as a defendant.
In a brief filed on Thursday, California's deputy attorney general Anthony Hakl draws attention to exactly how the law functions. Most have assumed that any actor can request age removal, but the law specifically reserves removal requests to a "subscriber" of services that enters into a "contractual agreement to provide employment services to an individual."
In other words, what IMDb Pro does when it allows actors to build profiles, showcase their talents, access contact information for agents and publicists, and so forth. A fee is charged, and what California is saying is that any of these customers have the right to tell the service to not post their ages on the IMDb platform as a whole, including the portion that the wider public can access without registration.
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