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Imagine almost every name has a photo when you look at the cast of every movie.

The site would "Light Up". Tons of new viewers that don't even bother looking up trivial actors in scenes they like, would suddenly swarm the site.

Problem:
IMDb wants to charge those actors for Pro to get their photo up. They won't ever do it. Most are "one time wonders", or dead, or could care less. However, the "site" should care.

It has been an ongoing issue from who knows when. I have an idea: Why not let every actor have at least 'one photo' up? Not 250, ..... just "one". It will pay off in Pro memberships, just from the shear volume of folks that will now browse the site way more often, and eliminate that dreary faceless image that haunts the cast pages.

Why don't we try it for 90 days, and see. I really think you can count the number of actors on one hand, that would quit Pro because they are allowed "ONE PHOTO" up for free.

My Dad has a page there. He was in a Dustin Hoffman movie. He is dead now. He is never joining Pro. I have a great shot of him with Dustin Hoffman I would love to see on his actor page, and so would many others.

Has this ever been tried??
You are allowing us to upload photos on movie pages now. Look how much better off the site is for it.

One Photo for "talent only". Just talent, and just 'one'.
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There used to be a time when relatives could add photos for deceased people via a service called, IIRC, the Family Tribute Waiver. Alas, those days are gone. I really feel that should be brought back.
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Hey Marco, nice you see you.
Yes, that would help, but I'm thinking more in terms of what draws me to the site when I'm watching a movie? That's when I end up there. To be honest...usually it's when I see a woman that floors me, and I want to see who she is, and what she is up to. It happens occasionally with male actors that have a small role and blow me away with a great performance.Then, once I'm on the site, I read something that is BS or see a location that isn't mentioned, and I usually end up making a contribution.

However, more often than not, I end up realizing that the movie I am watching was a low budget 'Inde', or the actor in the small scene has a blank face in the cast. Bummer. Usually those actors don't even bother with a bio, because they figure no one is going to click on their name anyway.

Here is an example that really bother's me: I'm watching an "old move", like a Bogart, or an old western let's say. When I get to the cast, only "Bogart" and perhaps his co-star has a photo.
That means a line-up of faceless names because these folks are dead. No one in their family either cares enough to create a nice page, or doesn't have the money for Pro. I don't know why we even bother with those pages at all. You go there and it's a "ghost-town".

Bottom line: The site is cutting its nose to spit its face.
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I can't continue here too opinionated, because I may hurt Cal's feelings. The true story is that I'd rather have a world with an IMDb ...the way it is, ...than a world without IMDb, however, I think Cal needs to hire some creative minds in marketing.
It's time to plug this photo hole. (yes I know that if everyone had a photo up, the bandwidth would increase dramatically, even if it was just the talent). We can plug that hole too with limiting the size of the photos, or changing the format. my two cents..
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I can't continue here too opinionated, because I may hurt Cal's feelings.
Maybe you hurt him even more by calling him Cal instead of Col. :)
yes I know that if everyone had a photo up, the bandwidth would increase dramatically
I'm not sure, but I think bandwidth isn't the (biggest) issue. I think the copyright issue combined with the fact IMDb wants to make money via the Resume Service are bigger issues, but I could be wrong.
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That was a typo Marco...lol. You are becoming a bigger wiseguy than Jock LeStank!

Of course it's all about money, but what does the resume have to do with one simple photo?? One photo for talent isn't going to affect Pro sales. I don't know what you are referring to when you say: Copyright issues?

The photos would be "allowed", and not necessarily put up by the site. If every talent member was notified by email that they could launch one photo on their page of themselves, the word would spread quickly, and the work would eventually get posted all by itself. The older photos of the dead are way beyond copyright issues. They are public domain.

P.S. The quotes you are posting remind me of what I didn't like about the boards. A simple cordial reply will suffice.
Thanks
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What I mean with the copyright issue is that - if I understand it correctly - you can't just put up any ol' photo out there just because you want to. You have to have the right to do so, to copy it.
Interesting, I really like the quotes because to me, it makes it very clear to what someone is responding. Oh well, to each his own. :)
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No one said anything about "putting any ole photo out there". The talent, and family of the talent, would put their own photos there without having to stress the workforce here. I am a professional photographer. I am well aware of copyright issues. I have over 1,000 photos in Wikipedia articles, hundreds of thousands in magazines worldwide, and hundreds on IMDb. I know more about photo licensing than the average bear. This is a non-issue to be talking about here, especially at this point..

Also, to reply to your 'quotes' remarks: Sometimes things bring out bad memories in folks instantly. When I see the quotes being used in social media, as relevant as they might be in the right venue, all I can think about are the nasty smart *bleeps* that went back and forth in our board threads, belittling each other, and carrying on personal insulting attacks endlessly until Col finally had seen enough, and closed the boards. I'm glad he did. It would have been nice if they could have been controlled better, but the benefits of that were outweighed by the expense of the policemen it would have taken to really put it under control. 

I think we have worn out this photo idea, and no one from IMDb has replied, so I guess this thread is over. Take care Marco.
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