California Gov. Jerry Brown recently enacted a law requiring IMDB to remove an actors D.O.B. if requested. I am curious as to how to do this for myself. Although AB 1687 doesn't go into effect until Jan 1, 2017, would it be possible to have this corrected before then?
"IMDb is currently engaged in litigation with the California Attorney General challenging the constitutionality of California Bill AB 1687. While litigation pertaining to AB 1687 is in progress, IMDb will not be removing birth date or age data subject to the bill."
I don't understand how they can cite "pending litigation" as a valid cause to ignore a law that has now taken effect. I can sue against any law I want, doesn't mean I don't have to obey it in the meantime. Can anyone explain?
I demanded that my birth date be removed as per the new law that went into effect 1/1/17. I had received an email from them saying they would deal with this after 1/1 and it contained a link to return to my communication regarding my request. That link now just goes to the Forum page and I find no way to contact them about this. I believe they are in violation of the law. Does anyone have any thoughts about this?
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Please remove my birthdate from my IMDB page, in accordance with California anti-discrimination bill AB 1687, effective January 1, 2017.
Over a century ago, the founder of the Pulitzer Prize winning international newspaper The Christian Science Monitor, Mary Baker Eddy wrote:
"Never record ages. Chronological data are no part of the vast forever. Time-tables of birth and death are so many conspiracies against manhood and womanhood. Except for the error of measuring and limiting all that is good and beautiful, man would enjoy more than threescore years and ten and still maintain his vigor, freshness, and promise...The measurement of life by solar years robs youth and gives ugliness to age." (Science & Health, p. 246)
My grandmother, Academy Award nominated actress Lilia Skala lived by the wisdom of these words and reaped their rich reward. During her lifetime, she was effectively able to keep her age out of her own and public thought. Publications such as The Guinness Book of World Records and Who's Who in America, included her name and omitted her birthdate. Her professional unions - SAG, AFTRA, AEA – had no record of her age. When she was 65, entitled to generous pensions from all three, she received nothing. She preferred work over a pension check.
As a result, she received her first Academy Award nomination when she was well over 65. She received Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations for roles in her 80s. She was making movies, commercials and performing in stage plays - one of which she was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award - well into her 90s. No one was counting, no one knew her age. In her last years, the press guessed and published it as 72. She never lied, she simply omitted it from the record.
Would she have won those roles had her age been known? Highly doubtful.
All people should have the right to be judged based on their abilities and capabilities, rather than limited and discriminated against because of preconceived notions of age.
In this era of internet surveillance, it seems almost impossible to keep personal information private. Your willingness to obey a law protecting the privacy of birthdates from being published (in the same way that social security numbers are kept private) - will protect individuals’ rights to fulfill their potential and life purpose free from age discrimination.
"“Rather than properly passing laws designed to address the root problem of age discrimination, the State of California has chosen instead to chill free speech and to undermine access to factual information of public interest. As such AB 1687 plainly violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and cannot be enforced.” - All REAL American Patriots are very proud of the IMDB right now! God bless the IMDB and We The People are with you 100%!
I have looked into this further on your behalf and have removed the date of birth from the name page.
Why is IMDB being violating the law, specifically California law AB 1687 that requires them to remove our date of birth upon request? When submitting a resume for any other job in California you don't put your age on. It's disappointing that IMDB is using their freedoms in an adverse way, specifically their freedom of speech. Actors run your website. Without our our contributions, you would not be as effective so why not show us some respect. Where is this negative defiance coming from? It has adversely affected me significantly since my age has been posted. I look very much younger and play younger roles although my actual age is 10 years older and now I've had way fewer auditions and less agency consideration. I'm not sure what sort of satisfaction anyone can get out of ruining someone's career even though we've sacrificed so much to even get an IMDB presence. Please consider how your actions are impacting up and coming actors like me.
(But maye the age discrimnation here is not as insane and ridiculous as in the US, I do not know)
Could be that a Producer, Director or Casting etc
is looking at IMDb for a actor 50 years old
[ 1968-01-01 ] to [ 1968-12-31 ]
Format: YYYY-MM-DD, YYYY-MM, or YYYY
[_] Males [_] Females
Birth Date between 1968-01-01 and 1968-12-31 Males (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
1. Josh Brolin
2. Hugh Jackman
3. Will Smith
4. Timothy Olyphant
5. Brendan Fraser
6. Daniel Craig
- - -
Birth Date between 1968-01-01 and 1968-12-31 Females (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
1. Molly Ringwald
2. Parker Posey
3. Lucy Liu
4. Yasmine Bleeth
5. Catherine Bell
6. Jane Krakowski
As of the beginning of 2017,
IMDb has received 2,300 requests from individuals
to remove their date of birth from the site.
Included in this group were 10 Academy Award winners
and another 71 who’ve been nominated for Oscars, Emmys, or Golden Globes
Hoang v. Amazon.com, Inc. et al.
(initially filed as Doe v. Amazon.com, Inc. et al.)
is a lawsuit brought by actress Junie Hoang
in October 2011 against IMDb.com and its parent company Amazon.com
for revealing her true date of birth,
which she said opened her up to age discrimination.
In March 2013, all of her claims against Amazon
and all but one of her claims against IMDb were dismissed,
and in April 2013,
a jury found that IMDb was not liable for the remaining claim
for breach of contract; the verdict was upheld on appeal.