Deleting a Person that Wants to be Anonymous

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Hi! I've been contributing to IMDb for 10+ years with no issues, but there's a problem I need your help with: I have a person who did work on 2 short films (as Director on one, and an Actor on the second one). However, this person wants to stay anonymous and does not want her name to appear on IMDb - connected to these 2 titles, claiming that these 2 credits may negatively affect her professional work when people search her name online. She's already listed and it appears that IMDb refuses to remove her name (I submitted an "update" requesting deletion of her name, but it seems to be unchanged). I understand that current information is accurate (actual credits), but my question is - is it possible to remove someone's name from certain titles if that person wishes to be removed (because he/she is not happy to be listed)? If you can't delete one name, do you have to delete an entire title? Any other solutions to this problem? Thanks.
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B. R. Tatalović

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Steve Crook, Champion

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No, sorry B. R.
The IMDb aims to record everyone involved in every film & TV show listed. The people involved don’t get any say in it.

If they want to remain anonymous then they shouldn’t have done the work and they certainly shouldn’t have had their name put on the credits for everyone & anyone to see.

Steve
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Hi B.R. -

You can find further information regarding the policy Steve mentioned above on this Help page.  Cheers!
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B. R. Tatalović

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Hi Michelle,
I am aware of this policy and I accept it, but this particular person is very upset and she wants to take legal action - in order to remove her name, claiming that she never signed a release to be in above mentioned films (which might be correct). She only gave a verbal consent. 
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What if IMDb prevented Google and other search engines from finding her page? The database would lose no information, and she could maintain a reasonable amount of anonymity.
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B. R. Tatalović

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Is this possible? But I think she's not only upset about search engines finding her IMDb profile. She's upset about 2 titles being associated with her name - because she feels that those titles do not represent "who she is" today. :) So, I think she wants it removed. She said that her attorney will take action against Amazon. As Data Contributor (and Pro User) who PROPERLY listed these titles, I don't want this to affect my status with IMDb. 
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J.

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It won't affect your status on IMDb; you did nothing wrong. You know you did nothing wrong, because otherwise IMDb would take down the info.

People have been trying for years to get IMDb to remove information and have hired lawyers to see that it's done. To my knowledge, no one has ever been successful. They don't have a case. IMDb has the right to publish movie and TV credits.

IMDb could prevent web crawlers from finding certain pages, but I've never seen them do it, except for the old message boards. It might be a useful practice, though. When people demand that IMDb remove info, IMDb could offer instead to make sure search engines don't find their name pages. This negotiation tactic could save IMDb a lot of headaches.