The Internet Movie Database has asked a San Francisco federal judge to halt a new law that went into effect last week in California that requires the film and television catalog site to remove the ages of actors from its pages.
The preliminary injunction is part of an overall lawsuit IMDb has filed against the California government claiming the law – known as Assembly Bill 1687 – is unconstitutional. IMDb lawyers want Judge Vince Chhabria to put the law on hold while the Amazon-owned company has its day in court.
IMDb filed the suit in November after the bill pushed by SAG-AFTRA union president Gabrielle Carteris was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. The law would require IMDb to remove information that reveals the age of people listed on the site when requested.
The idea, at least from Carteris’ point of view, is to prevent rampant age discrimination in Hollywood – something she said affected her during her time as one of the stars of Fox’s Beverly Hilly 90210 in the 1990s. Carteris was nearly 30 when she began her role as a high school student in 1990, and claims that if her age had been more publicly available, it could have cost her the part.