Vince Chhabria makes it clear California will have a tough road ahead of it defending a law demanding IMDb remove the ages of people listed on its website.
Judge in the constitutional challenge makes it clear he’s pretty much ready to make a ruling.
The movie database website is putting in final arguments before a hearing on an injunction request next week in San Francisco.
Less than a quarter of female characters in television and film are over the age of 40, compare to nearly 75 of male characters, according to one study.
PLUS: California deputy attorney general claims IMDb does not have First Amendment rights when it comes to publishing age information of actors.
Allowing the law would create a slippery slope, the scholars and two First Amendment rights group tell a federal judge.
IMDb is challenging a law that would require it remove ages of actors from its website.
The injunction would give IMDb time to fight the law while having to comply with it at the same time.
IMDb could be forced to show early on that it’s highly likely California violated the U.S. Constitution passing a law requiring it to remove ages from its database.
If everyone agrees – and someone actually requests it – IMDb’s attempt to challenge a new California law would be brought into homes everywhere.
The movie database says the law violates free speech, and doesn’t actually help prevent discrimination against actors for how old they are.