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IMDB Now Legally Required to Remove Cast & Crew Ages, on Request

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Governor Jerry Brown, of California, has signed legislation requiring the Internet Movie Database (IMDB, and other websites like it) to remove age and birthdate information; when requested by the person in question.

Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier), who authored the legislation, did so in an attempt to curb age-based discrimination in the film industry.

“Age discrimination is a major problem in our industry, and it must be addressed,” SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said in a September 16 post. “SAG-AFTRA has been working hard for years to stop the career damage caused by the publication of performers’ dates of birth on online subscription websites used for casting like IMDb.”
Sites such as IMDb will now have five days to comply with age & birthdate removal requests.
SAG-AFTRA released a statement released after Brown signed the legislation on Saturday.

“SAG-AFTRA has been working hard for years to stop the career damage caused by the publication of performers’ dates of birth on online subscription websites used for casting like IMDb and StudioSystem.  Currently, many websites used for casting proactively present birthdates and ages to casting decision makers who often can’t avoid seeing this information even if they try. This law will help improve the working lives of all SAG-AFTRA members and aspiring performers.”

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