California Passes Bill Requiring IMDb To Remove Actors' Ages From Site — But Does The Law Prevent Age Discrimination Or Suppress Free Speech?
This is an interesting law to have been passed!
On Saturday afternoon, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation requiring entertainment websites like IMDb to remove — or not post in the first place — an actor's age or birthday upon request from the specific actor.
The law, known now as AB 1687, will take effect on January 1, and applies almost exclusively to the entertainment industry in a bid to prevent rampant age discrimination in Hollywood and elsewhere.
The law applies to any entertainment database site (like IMDb) that allows paid subscribers to post head shots, resumes, and other information for prospective employers.
And while it doesn't just apply to actors, but rather the entire industry, it stands that actors will likely be the most affected ones here.
Gabrielle Carteris, a SAG-AFTRA spokeswoman, spoke about the bill being passed and what it will do for performers now that this has been taken seriously, saying: