Actress Sues Amazon For Revealing Age
Apparently, this actress didn’t get the memo that whatever you post on the Internet can be viewed by anyone … but maybe that’s because of her age.
An unnamed actress is suing the internet giant Amazon, owner of the Internet Movie Database, for revealing her age on the internet.
Yes, you read that right.
The $1 million lawsuit claims IMDb misused the actress’s information when she set up her IMDbPro page in 2008. The company allegedly published her legal birth year based off the credit card information the actress provided, and refused to take the information down when asked.
Though only referred to as “Jane Doe” in the lawsuit, Forbes reports the Texas-based actress is of Asian descent but performs under an Americanized stage name. No doubt page views would skyrocket if she was actually named.
The lawsuit is seeking $1 million in punitive damages and $75,000 in compensatory damages because of missed employment opportunities due to her published age, which revealed she was “many years older than she looks.”
"In the entertainment industry, youth is king," the lawsuit says. "If one is perceived to be 'over-the-hill,' i.e. approaching 40, it is nearly impossible for an up-and-coming actress, such as the plaintiff, to get work."
There may have been some missed jobs, but $1 million worth for an “up-and-coming actress”? It seems a little excessive.
The alleged misuse of information seems to be the biggest issue here, but it seems completely unbelievable that Amazon wouldn’t have covered themselves with some sort of “Terms and Conditions.”
If they didn’t, then there’s a legitimate claim here and Amazon could be in some deep trouble, but we all know the biggest lie of the web: “Yes, I have read and agree to the Terms and Conditions.”
And it’s like your Mom always said … be careful what you put on the Internet.
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