IMDb.com, Inc. v. Harris, 3:16-cv-06535-LB (N.D. Cal., filed Nov. 10, 2016). Complaint hosted by Deadline.
IMDb is challenging the constitutionality of Assembly Bill 1687 (“AB 1687”), a California law requiring IMDb to remove ages from its website upon request from paid subscribers, claiming that the law violates the First Amendment’s free speech protections.
California enacted AB 1687 to combat age discrimination, which is a rampant problem within the entertainment industry. Governor Brown signed AB 1687 on September 24, 2016. The Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (“SAG-AFTRA”) championed the statute. AB 1687 prohibits “commercial online entertainment employment service provider[s]” that sell employment services to individuals from publishing or sharing “date of birth of age information” upon a subscriber’s request. Providers can violate AB 1687 even if they allow the public to publish the information without review. (more…)