IMDB Credit Removal for Film I Have Signed No Contract For

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Although searches of the Customer Community for "IMDB Remove Credit" turn up hundreds of "answers," the answers deal with people seeking credit they were not given. My problem is 180-degrees opposite. Several months ago, without my knowledge, an independent producer with whom I never signed a contract put a thumbnail with my name attached to it on her IMDB page. Because I was very eager to see if the film would get past the pipe-dream stage, and although her vita suggests, or suggested, that it very well might, I had not heard from her.

Around the holidays, a phone call informed me that investors were committed to the project, at which point I worked like a dog on my part of the film. For free. When no word was forthcoming about the result of the (alleged) investors' decision, I emailed and asked for some crumbs of information. No answer. I then said that if the film wouldn't be funded, I wanted my name and intellectual property removed from her page on IMDB.

Still no answer. I'd like to know who or what I have to do to remove my name and property from a page where their presence was something I had no participation in and learned about by chance.

Thank you.
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But it isn't the producer's page, or your page. It's a page belonging to the IMDb about the film, the producer and/or you. The IMDb is a record of everyone who has worked on any film or TV show.

They won't remove any information that shows who worked on any film or TV show unless it can be shown to be incorrect. You said that you "worked like a dog on my part of the film", so you worked on it.

    Steve
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You didn't read, at least with attention, what I wrote. No film has been or will be made. I did not know this woman appropriated my name or work. I'd appreciate it if you put me on an Ignore list. Thank you.
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Hi hilaryjrp -

As Steve mentioned above, it is our policy not to alter or delete any kind of correct/factual information or credit from our records.Therefore if you worked on the film the credit will need to remain listed on the site.
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Maybe I didn't make myself clear. The film is not made; I've received no further communication from the [sic] producer; and I never even knew my name and a credit were on IMDB until I learned from a friend.

Surely, IMDB doesn't disrespect owners of intellectual property who never even knew their names or works were uploaded to your site. Even arguing that if, after learning of this hijack, I thought it wise and possibly auspicious not to second-guess her theft of my name and work, the fact remains that I had no knowledge of it when it happened.

Would you allow anyone to upload anybody's vita, name, photo--whatever--without their knowledge? Please tell me No. Otherwise, IMDB is indistinguishable from (and possibly worse than) the most ill-intentioned scam site on the internet. IMDB trades on its reputation. But it allows--anything? Anything at all someone chooses to put on it?

What state is IMDB incorporated in?

Thank you.
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So this film was (is) finished and ”released”? And your name appears in the end credits?
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Thank you for asking relevant questions. The film was never made. It will never be made. This individual saw my work, uploaded it without my knowledge or permission to her IMDB site, and I learned of its presence several months later.

I could have asked, at the moment of learning, for all things proprietary to me--name, thumbnail, other things--to be removed. I did not. I did not because the individual is not without contacts, some, impressive--but she herself had never acted as a producer. I signed no agreement with her at any point to give her the use of my name or work.

When it became clear the film was a no-go, I asked for the IMDB data to be removed. I got no response. I will contact the particular union that may be of help in the matter. What I've read here from others has frankly sickened me. IMDB tolerates hijacking of intellectual property for "films in development?" Then who in their right mind would want to be anywhere near it?
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This is the form to use if indeed the film wasn’t - and never will be - finished or released:

http://www.imdb.com/helpdesk/report_t...

Important thing: ”Only submit a deletion request if you know that the project is cancelled (please be as explicit as possible in the 'Reasons' section below).”
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Thank you. Thanks very much.
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Hi hilaryjrp -

As Eboy instructed above, if the title is not going to be made and does not exist, you will need to request the removal of the title page through the form here which our editors will review.  If the title is removed, your credit for that title will also be removed from the site.
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Thank you for replying. Much appreciated.