IMDB Sues for Right to Publish Actors’ Ages

Movie database calls CA age discrimination law “deeply troubling to all who care about free speech”

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Movie website IMDB is suing the California Attorney General in a hard-charging opposition to a recently passed age discrimination law.

Specifically naming Senator-elect Kama Harris — the current state AG — as defendant, IMDB says that a measure forcing them to erase birthdates of the talent listed in their database is unconstitutional.

The law “sets a dangerous and unconstitutional precedent for other general purpose websites and news sources, and should be deeply troubling to all who care about free speech,” the filing obtained by TheWrap reads.

“IMDb shares the worthy goal of preventing age discrimination,” the suit continues. “But [the law] is an unconstitutional law that does not advance, much less achieve, that goal. To the contrary, rather than passing laws designed to address the root problem of age discrimination, the State of California has chosen to chill free speech and undermine public access to factual information.”

The suit asks for injunctive relief and protection from libel for disclosing information they think the public has a right to access.

More to come…