Removing duplicate IMDB page.

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Please help me!

I have a very irrate crew member threatening legal action against me unless I delete the unathorized IMDB page I unintentionally made for her. She crewed on a film of mine about a year ago, she had IMDB but under another name but she was recently married. When I credited her under her new name, it made an account for her. She just made a new account and now she has two. She's panicking and freaking out, and she's been me a lot in terms of advice and helping people, but no she says I had no right to make that page without consulting her (it appears it automatically generated it) and now she has two pages which makes it look she doesn't know what she's doing.

She's saying since I made the page (or rather was the cause of it's generation) that I am responsible for removing it, not her. And I can't blame her. I thought there was a huge selection process for making a page, I had no idea putting her name on my project was just going to generate her page - if anything I figured it would just be rejected!

Even if she can't sue me, I just want this blank page that has nothing but her name on it and be done with it. Please some help me. She knows everyone in this city both in front and behind the camera and I'm not about to lose an industry contact over a stupid page.
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Go to the person's secondary page (the one that wasn't supposed to be created) and click "Edit page".

On the next screen, on the Name Correction or Merge line, select "Add correction". Scroll down and click "Continue".

On the next screen, in the blank box, enter the person's main name, last name first, with the roman numeral associated with her IMDb name, if any, in parentheses at the end. So, for example, if her main IMDb page were at Jennifer Smith (LXI), you should enter her name as:
Smith, Jennifer (LXI)

There will be a box marked "Preserve previous name on existing credits. i.e. ..." If the person has never been credited under her secondary name (i.e. the name on the page that wasn't supposed to be created), uncheck that box. But if she ever was credited under that name, leave it checked.

There will be a space to enter an explanation. Enter something like, "They are the same person. I had created the page for [Secondary Name] erroneously, not having known that this person is primarily known as [Main Name]. This person has advised me that she is supposed to be known as [Main Name]." Click "Check these updates".

On the next screen, you will get a warning that says, "You are about to merge two separate name pages into one. Are you sure you want to merge this person with ..." That's what you want to do, so check the box marked "Warning understood, go ahead anyway." Click "Re-check these updates".

On the next screen, your data submission should appear with a green background and you should be able to click "Submit these updates".

Good luck!
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Thank you! I have done that now. How long will it take for the change to come into affect? I want to let her know.
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It's hard to say. The good news is that name corrections are not backlogged in processing at all -- see http://www.imdb.com/czone/times . The correction might get processed within one day. However, we sometimes see temporary oddities in processing like names temporarily disappearing from some versions of the database. Since the person you are dealing with sounds somewhat difficult, if it were me, I would probably wait to tell her I had submitted the correction until I had seen that it was complete.
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Agreed she is very talented and respected woman in the industry, but she was very upset with me creating the other page - especially since she already had one.
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You can tell her that this is a common problem (we can get half a dozen similar queries on here a day*) and can happen for any number of reasons (in this case a very understandable one). It is also easy to fix and should require no further intervention from you or staff. If nothing has happened in a week, paste the reference number in here and staff can check it, but, as I say, it should go through without a hitch (although as gromit says, it can make the pages look odd as they get rebuilt, but that is part of the process).

Also IMDB doesn't need anyone's permission to create a name page for them - if they have legitimate credits then it is in the public domain and the database is merely recording that fact. She seems to have fundamentally misunderstood what IMDB is and does, although perhaps you might not want to pass that on. So you did nothing wrong and have moved quickly to resolve the very minor glitch.

* Although this is the first time I've heard of someone threatening legal action.
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She was not happy. I did some research and saw an actress tried to sue IMDB for revealing her age, so I guess anything can happen.

I'm not holding it against, these information just flows everywhere and there are lot of shady people in this industry.
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I did some research and saw an actress tried to sue IMDB for revealing her age, so I guess anything can happen.


Indeed they did (one of the members of staff here was involved, I believe), but she got nowhere - it was a waste of everyone's time and her money.

IMDB is not primarily a tool for creatives in the moving picture industry to promote themselves and their work, it is a repository of information about films, tv shows and video games that has a paid-for service that gives people listed in he database the opportunity to improve their profile, but it gives them no control over their main entry (or bad reviews, or people posting on their message boards with topics they don't approve of).

Threats of legal action just don't work, partly because judges and the juries are made aware of what IMDB is, even if the person taking the legal action doesn't get it.