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Removing Birthdates & Age from IMDB

5,317 Signatures Goal: 10,000



This petition is to rally support in order for SAG, AFTRA, WGA, DGA, and any other entertainment unions to put pressure on IMDB.com (owned by Amazon.com) to remove birth dates from their site. We hope that if the unions receive a petition with enough names in support of this action, they will, in turn, put pressure on IMDB -- hopefully, enough pressure that IMDB will voluntarily remove birth dates from all individual's web pages at imdb.com. Whether the Unions help or not these names will be used to file a class action lawsuit on behalf of entertainment industry professionals everywhere that have been adversely affected by their unauthorized personal information, especially their birth date, being revealed and stated on IMDB's webpage

There is so much age discrimination in Hollywood. Even though someone may look or write or direct as a certain aged person would, people lose jobs everyday because they are "just too old" and sometimes "too young". IMDB has become the first source of information for industry professionals and therefore has the most impact on hiring. IMDB has been uncooperative in the past in removing or even changing birth dates. We believe that age should be private as it is in most other industries.

Please join our cause. With your signature and help we can make a change for ourselves and future entertainment industry professionals not to be discriminated against for their age. This petition, after it has gathered over 10000 names, will also be sent to...

TIME MAGAZINE
THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
THE NEW YORK TIMES
NEWSWEEK
ABC
NBC
CBS
PBS

It will also be sent to the district attorney’s office to see about investigating IMDB for breaking age discriminatory laws as well as being used to file a class action lawsuit against IMDB (Amazon).

If you are afraid of losing work by signing this petition, please don't be. No one is going to blacklist you for using free speech about discrimination. But, if we don't do something now and IMDB becomes even more important in tracking entertainment industry professionals, it maybe too late to change this. I am a working actor and I am creating this petition because it is important to make positive changes for artists everywhere. Thank you for your support and I look forward to our success.

Sincerely,

Ryan Surratt for Entertainment Industry Professionals Everywhere.

You will not be getting spam from outside sources and your email will not be given out, but you maybe contacted regarding this issue. If you want to unsubscribe or not receive email, contact us and we will take you off immediately.

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sag.org
actorsaccess.com
dga.org
wga.org
aftra.org
  • Konstantina mallios
    Konstantina mallios United States, Santa Monica
    May 14, 2016
    May 14, 2016
    A CD for a coffee commercial once called and told me that I was the favorite on the call back list and that they would call me over the we end for the call back time. When I didn't hear back, I called the CD on Monday to follow up. He said, "the client checked your IMDb page and decided that he wanted to go with someone younger". At the time I was 30 and normally was only hired for 18 to look younger. However, this commercial was asking for mid twenties. IMDb hurt my chances then and many other times. CD's have often complained to my agent when ever I auditioned for roles within my age range because I look too young" and it wasted their time! Yet if a client happens to look up my age before ever meeting me--that can hinder my chances of being seen! In a business where there is so much age-discrimination, I do believe that our Sag-Aftra Union should be fighting on our behalf to keep this from happening. Age discrimination is just as prevalent as sex and race discrimination combined. Any discrimination is wrong! Let us audition and let our talent book the job--don't hurt our chances of getting in the door by posting our age without our consent. ***Also, many years ago I was the victim of identity theft. No where else on the Internet (except for IMDb) was my birthdate listed. Did IMDb help the identity thieves: Quite possibly!
    **We should have the right to the privacy of our birthdate. That information in the wrong hands makes us vulnerable to indentity theft.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    May 09, 2016
    May 09, 2016
    I am in complete agreement with this petition. IMDb had no right to limit our work opportunities and not have birth dates removed that they have publicly published (that should be private information in the first place) upon request.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    May 02, 2016
    May 02, 2016
    It's shockingly ironic that IMDB has zero grasp on why this is a major problem with actors and performers. Ridiculous. Take birthdates off the site.
  • Drew Caffrey
    Drew Caffrey United States
    May 02, 2016
    May 02, 2016
    The company IMDB think that they are above law; this is clearly discrimination case; the fact is that IMDB do not have right to publish any data without living person written approval; for them is big business; don't buy anything from Amazon.com. They have no right to publish any personal date without your permission.

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