Alternate Title Policy Change

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Hi all,

We are pleased to announce a change to our alternate title policy listed under the Attribute definitions section of the guide. Please see the below. 

    Our goal at IMDb is to be able to represent to any customer in any locale (speaking language and country) what a title is known as.

    For example, "Black Panther" is known in Germany as "Black Panther" to a German speaking audience, regardless of the text being in English. Similarly, "Das Boot" is known in the USA as "Das Boot" to an English speaking audience, regardless of the text being in German.

    The main imdb display title for a country should reflect what title the movie/tv show is primarily known as to the locale (speaking language and country) of choice.

    Previously, submitting an imdb display title for the country of origin was considered unnecessary. However, in order to capture all of the associated title information for a movie/tv show in full, we are now encouraging the submission of an imdb display title for the country or origin. By doing this the title for the original country will also display under the Release Info on the title page.


As part of the above work we are also investigating the possibility of further alternate title changes for episodes.

Regards,
Will
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Tuesday August 14 2018 Alternate Title Policy Change
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Thanks for announcing this change. I'm happy to see that you stress you want the title that is primarily known to the locale and that that doesn't have to be a translated title, because previously, the (imdb display title) has been added too frivolously in quite some cases.
Side note: In the first sentence regarding the five basic rules to follow, it says there are six basic rules: https://help.imdb.com/article/contribution/titles/alternate-titles-akas/GBFBWTQG2RLMHSUR?ref_=helpsr... Can you change this to five?

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Thanks Marco, this has now been done.

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Will
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Thanks for the quick fix Will!
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1. It's not a particularly easy rule to apply. Two contributors may disagree on which title is most commonly used in a country.

2. If a title other than the original theatrical title in a country is chosen as the display title, which attribute should the theatrical title have? The guide says we should not use "theatrical title" as it is assumed (per rule 5 'Medium' and the attribute definitions, box 6).
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3. If a title from a release in a different medium from the original is chosen as display title for a country, should the 'IMDb display title' entry be listed instead of or in addition to an entry with a medium-specific attribute (such as 'video title')?
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Hi Peter,

Apologies for the delay, in the case of two contributors disagreeing on the imdb display title we will revert to the title as it is most commonly referred to in any sources for that region.

In cases where the imdb display title doesn't match the theatrical title we will allow the use of that attribute.

If a title from a different medium is chosen as the imdb display title then you may enter a secondary title aka explaining the medium specific release title.

I hope this helps.

Regards,
Will
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Does this mean that every single title should have an imdb display title aka for the country of origin or are there only specific circumstances where that would be appropriate? The former seems like a lot of work.
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Hi Matt,

In an ideal world yes each country of origin should have an additional imdb display title.

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Will
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Perhaps the aka for the country of origin should be a mandatory piece of information when submitting a new title? I can't see many people doing it otherwise because most of the time it will be the same as the primary title.