Online entertainment service wins First Amendment case

A federal appeals court dropped the curtain on California’s law allowing performers to fight age discrimination by redacting age information on IMDb, an online database for the entertainment industry. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the lower court’s finding that the law was too restrictive and not narrowly tailored to address the issue of age discrimination without damaging free speech rights. (The Hollywood Reporter, June 19, 2020, by Ashley Cullins)

The Screen Actors Guild pushed for the law allowing a subscriber to the IMDb service to remove his or her age from the free online site. The industry’s guild president Gabrielle Carteris said, “Neither I nor our members will stop speaking out until this outrageous violation of privacy used to facilitate discriminatory hiring ends.” (Los Angeles Times, June 19, 2020, by Maura Dolan)

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