movies do not scrape

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Some movies do not scrape on xbmc.  They show on imdb. Their name and variations none of which will trigger information. Is it possible imdb has errors in the setup of their site for a few movies.  So far they include  "thumb Wars",  "the ghost of lord farquaad", "shrek the halls". so far tried all variations and aka choices. 
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Ari P

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Hi Ari,

We generally do not allow scraping of our site. The information on permissions to use IMDb datasets can be found here:

https://www.imdb.com/interfaces/

I would suggest reaching out to xbmc for more information and assistance.


Cheers,

Steve
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Ari P

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Thank you. However I am aware and have already used movie db. They scraped these items, but then would not do other items which are made for tv movies and are not accepted as movies. These other things are worse to not have scrape properly. They include witness form dinotopia, merlins apprentice, ben hur part 1&2, and journey to the center of the earth which maybe then have to be done as tv shows?  But I am not going through all that trouble to refile to find out. They should not really have to be put under tv shows considering what they are and they have 2 episodes each. That seems silly. moviedb accepts them as movies.  So I guess it is a choice of the better of two evils. However the fact is that imdb lists with manual access, thumb wars 1999, and the shrek clips, but they are not scraping in, which tells me it is an error on their site with the data for those items where they are software accessed. I think it would be foolish to say that a data website will all this data and information, does not have errors and mistakes that need to be corrected. Imdb needs a bug reporting contact line or we link for users who find these errors on there database. 
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Hence why AFAIUI that's why Plex/Kodi/XBMC/etc. all use a different database to fill their metadata info, this: 
themoviedb.org 

...and each title on that site has a forum for each title/person as well (unlike IMDB anymore)
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...Plex et al. also use thetvdb.com as well for metadata (see: https://support.plex.tv/articles/200241558-agents ). 

Strangely I notice Plex says the main source as "Plex Movie" which features "a variety of online resources (The Movie Database, IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, and more)". So maybe they access IMDB via an API or something?? 
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Ari P

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Thank you. However I am aware and have already used movie db. They scraped these items, but then would not do other items which are made for tv movies and are not accepted as movies. These other things are worse to not have scrape properly. They include witness form dinotopia, merlins apprentice, ben hur part 1&2, and journey to the center of the earth which maybe then have to be done as tv shows?  But I am not going through all that trouble to refile to find out. They should not really have to be put under tv shows considering what they are and they have 2 episodes each. That seems silly. moviedb accepts them as movies.  So I guess it is a choice of the better of two evils. However the fact is that imdb lists with manual access, thumb wars 1999, and the shrek clips, but they are not scraping in, which tells me it is an error on their site with the data for those items where they are software accessed. I think it would be foolish to say that a data website will all this data and information, does not have errors and mistakes that need to be corrected. Imdb needs a bug reporting contact line or we link for users who find these errors on there database. 

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