I Have Proof That My Name Was Falsely Credited to a Movie by Someone

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Hello IMD. My Name is Richard Wyzanski. Upon googling my name, I found the first listing that popped up was my name associated with a documentary "Before Homosexuals"..the listing is: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8849782/ . If you go on the official website of the documentary, no where does the name "Richard Wyzanski" show up within this site nor does the name "Richard Wyzanski" show up on the Cast/Crew credits of the official site. Here is the webpage: http://beforehomosexuals.com/cast-and-crew/ . Unfortunately there are many people who spam, in 2017 I had been live on social media sharing Sound Therapy and the following day found out that fake profiles created. I never found out who had done that. In any regard, my deceased Father and I are the only ones with the legal names of "Richard Wyzanski". I am more than happy to provide identification proving who I am. Aside from that, the biggest proof is the fact that the official site for the documentary does not list "Richard Wyzanski". There is also contact info for the director. In efforts for properly representing the mentioned film, and striving for integrity of the IMBd brand, as well as the community, it is my request that the above facts are reviewed and considered in properly removing a spam account or listing, or ensuring that listing be revised. I look forward to speaking with an IMBd representative at earliest convenience, thank you so much.

Richard Wyzanski
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Richard Wyzanski

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Jeorj Euler

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Hi, Richard Wyzanski. How do you know that the cast listing as it appears on IMDb has been vandalized? Do you have some kind of lead, clue or proof regarding that accusation? It does not matter which names the production company's official site omits. What matters is which names appear within the original release of documentary itself as credits. Could you maybe point us in the direction of where the movie might be anonymously viewed online? Or do you have screen captures of the part of the movie in which the credits are presented?
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Richard Wyzanski

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Hi Jeorj Euler, your responding questions were valuable to the discussion and I took your points in consideration when responding to Jaime's (IMBd.com Employee) message a few minutes ago, as viewable within discussion. Thank you!

With Gratitude,

Richard Wyzanski
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Jaime, Employee

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Hi Richard,

Thank you for posting your concerns.

Just as there are many titles with the same name, often two performers or industry professionals share the same name. 

We do not employ the same policy such as SAG-AFTRA who try to retain individual names for all performers - as we deal with all kinds of content from all over the world and we display accurate information as according to the on screen credits.

If this name was featured in the end credits of the title then we would retain this information.

Thank you for understanding our position.
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Richard Wyzanski

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Hi Jaime,

Thank you for your response and based on that, it seems that the only way for this to be 100% clearly resolved is to provide viable proof, either in that 1.) the producers verifiably contact you or IMBd directly and point out inconsistencies within the title's credits listing or 2.) I am able to provide the title link online that would display the full credits or 3.) Send provable full screen shots of the entire credits from the title. The second to last statement in your response, does suggest the listing may or may not be factually correct in it's entirety, therefor this leaves my concern and request open until any facts are presented to you and IMBd. Other than the possible 3 options of proof to my concern, do you have any other options that would align with IMBd's policies as to acceptable proof for correcting mistakes to a listing?

In your third statement, "...as we deal with all kinds of content from all over the world and we display accurate information as according to the on screen credits." Please help me understand who actually submits titles and credits to be posted on IMBd.com such as the title I previously mentioned? Is it solely from producers / directors submitting to IMBd, or can it be any non-title affiliated person in the public who can create a personal IMBd.com account and post any title they want / as well as if not already listed? Also, if a non-affiliated person in public does submit a title to IMBd.com, is there policy that any IMBd member review each title or fact check written submitted credits and details to the title for accuracy?

I truly appreciate your time and responding to my questions and know that by having this dialogue and resolve will help create a better platform for the IMBd.com community and the integrity of the industry.

Kind Regards,

Richard Wyzanski

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Richard Wyzanski

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Hi Jaime,

Thank you for your response and based on that, it seems that the only way for this to be 100% clearly resolved is to provide viable proof, either in that 1.) the producers verifiably contact you or IMBd directly and point out inconsistencies within the title's credits listing or 2.) I am able to provide the title link online that would display the full credits or 3.) Send provable full screen shots of the entire credits from the title. The second to last statement in your response, does suggest the listing may or may not be factually correct in it's entirety, therefor this leaves my concern and request open until any facts are presented to you and IMBd. Other than the possible 3 options of proof to my concern, do you have any other options that would align with IMBd's policies as to acceptable proof for correcting mistakes to a listing?

In your third statement, "...as we deal with all kinds of content from all over the world and we display accurate information as according to the on screen credits." Please help me understand who actually submits titles and credits to be posted on IMBd.com such as the title I previously mentioned? Is it solely from producers / directors submitting to IMBd, or can it be any non-title affiliated person in the public who can create a personal IMBd.com account and post any title they want / as well as if not already listed? Also, if a non-affiliated person in public does submit a title to IMBd.com, is there policy that any IMBd member review each title or fact check written submitted credits and details to the title for accuracy?

I truly appreciate your time and responding to my questions and know that by having this dialogue and resolve will help create a better platform for the IMBd.com community and the integrity of the industry.

Kind Regards,

Richard Wyzanski
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Hi Richard,

Thanks for your response.

The information in IMDb comes from various sources. Most of it is either researched by our staff or submitted by our users (including those involved in the productions). For more information, please visit this link: 

https://help.imdb.com/article/imdb/general-information/where-does-the-information-on-imdb-come-from/...

Please note, we're unable to go into the specifics around how our editors review user contributed updates - doing so could open the system up to abuse. 

We've reviewed the information we currently have listed, and as mentioned by my colleague believe it to be accurate - therefore we're unable to remove it from the database as requested.

Also please be aware, there is only a single filmography item listed on the name page - meaning if you were not involved in the production, then it will relate to another person by the same name.

Thanks for understanding our position on this.

Thanks,

Joel