Deleting my name from IMDB

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I want to delete my name from IMDB. They have my name under a movie as audience member but I was not an audience member at all. I don't want to see my name in IMDB as an actress because I'm not an actress. I tried to remove the credits about it but I'm waiting for one month. What should I do about it? IMDB doesn't have a customer service or phone number at all. Nobody can't just put my name somewhere without my approval. Please help me about that.
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IMDB actually can list your name without your permission. The issue is that someone outside of IMDB submitted your name for the credit. And could it be possible that this is a person that just has the same name as yourself?
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It's a movie of a friend of mine in the past but I don't talk with that person anymore. I did not act in the movie or I was not in the cast list. Can't we just send an e-mail and delete that biography? I am not an actress, I don't wanna see my name in this website. It's not another person with same name. Adding any name without people's approval is so easy but what if it's a wrong title of my name, why can't I demand to delete it? It's not a proper to submit somebody's name without approval. Why IMDB doesn't have a customer service for these problems? Amazon is managing a ridiculous company.
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Deleteimdb: Since I don't know who you are or which title this pertains to, I can't give you definitive advice. However, if you (a) do not appear in the movie at all and (b) are not listed in the cast of the movie, you should be able to submit a deletion to the film's page to remove that cast credit from the film.

But I want to emphasize that both of those criteria should apply. If your former friend filmed you (whether or not you consider your appearance to be "acting") and put that footage of you in the movie where you are clearly visible and/or credited, then your cast credit should not be removed.

If you are willing to provide your name and what film it is, the contributors here may be able to provide you with additional help.
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... clearly visible and/or credited ....
IIUC, for films dated 1990 or later (and TV episodes dated 2000 or later), an "uncredited" role (if not high-profile) generally won't be listed if there is no credited filmography?

Reference: paragraph 2 at  http://www.imdb.com/help/show_leaf?uncreditedcredits
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Nobody: That's true. Thanks for catching that.
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My name is Kayla Buffington. And the movie's name is "Arrgh! A Pirate Story (2011)". I definitely did not act in this movie or I did not act in any other movie. I did not appear in that movie. I am not an actress. The title is definitely wrong. Could you please delete my name from IMDB?
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(Are you sure that there is not some other person with the same name who was associated with that film?)

Unfortunately, several other sites now list the name in association with that film.
(I assume some sites may have obtained the information from IMDb.)

This Google search finds several such sites:

https://www.google.com/search?filter=0&q=-site:imdb.com+%22Arrgh+A+Pirate%22+%22Buffington%22

(Note:  That Google search query uses the "-" exclusion operator to exclude IMDb, to find other sites that mention the movie's title with your name attached.)

A similar search on Bing might find one more site
that the Google search missed (the first result here):
https://www.bing.com/search?q=-site:imdb.com+%22Arrgh+A+Pirate%22+%22Buffington%22

Even after IMDb removes your name, some other sites would continue to show it.  You could try contacting each of those sites to request deletion.  (What are the odds that they'd all comply?) ... Good luck.
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I understand but the other sites are not so big sites at least. They got that movie's information from IMDB probably. The important thing is IMDB should remove my name from it's website because it's a wrong title.
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How should I request to remove my name from IMDB? I couldn't find a customer service e-mail or telephone number. It's not a good company style. Managing a this big website without a customer service is not professional.
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Please note that I'm not a regular volunteer here (I just dabble), and I'm not an expert on IMDb procedures.  Expert volunteers might offer different advice if I'm wrong here, but I think you can proceed as follows:

Go to the title page about the film, scroll down to find the "Edit Page" button and click it.

On the next page that appears, see under "Cast and Crew".  The first line item is labeled "Cast".  Click the menu on that line, and select "Correct/Delete".  Then scroll down and click the "Continue" button.

On the next page, scroll down to find your name, click the menu on that line and select "Delete".  Then then scroll down and click the "Check these updates" button.

On the next page, scroll down to find your name again, and you'll see a rejection message (no worry).  You'll need to enter an explanation in the box provided.  (State your facts clearly and concisely, so that an editor will understand that your deletion request is valid and correct.) ... After entering your explanation, scroll down and click the "Re-check these updates" button.

Scroll down again to find your name.  You should now see a green-colored background there, indicating that the system can accept your entries.  Double-check to make sure everything looks exactly correct, and then you can click the "Submit these updates" button. ... Good luck.
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Thanks. I will try this way.
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How should I request to remove my name from IMDB? I couldn't find a customer service e-mail or telephone number. It's not a good company style. Managing a this big website without a customer service is not professional.
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BTW:

I see that the Full Credits page for the film includes
several similar credits for "audience members":

    

So, I wonder:  If the credit in your name may not be qualified for inclusion on IMDb, might the same be true for some of the others?  If yours should be deleted, should IMDb also investigate those other "Audience Member" credits to determine whether each one is or is not qualified for inclusion?
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They are credited on screen.
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As has been said a couple of times above, it does not matter whether you feel you acted or not; if your name is listed in the on-screen credits in that film then it will not be removed from IMDb.

In order for IMDb to act, you will probably need to provide some evidence that your name is not in the credits. The best way to do this would be to provide screen caps or a short video of the full credit roll to show that your name is not there.
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The credit and resulting Name Page should not, and will not, be removed as it is currently listed correctly based on the film's on screen credits which is available to staff as it's availabe via Amazon and IMDb is an Amazon company. So there is really no way to prove anything different as they can clearly and easily verify that the credit is listed accurately.

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You mentioned, several times above, that you cannot find an email or phone number...that's because there isn't one. The way to ask page editors to make edits is to go to the page involved and click the "edit page" button and fill in the form. But, you'd need to provide proof in the form of screen credits. The proof, though, would actually verify the edit is not needed and it would be rejected.
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This is ridiculous. Any people can put anyone's name on a black screen in a video. It doesn't prove that the people in that list acted in the movie or they were in the movie. I was not in the movie. It's definitely wrong title. The credit is wrong. You cannot decide about someone's name in any portal. How does IMDB approve or know the people acted or people were in the movie somehow because their names are written on a black screen. They need to prove that with picture then. If they put your names on a black screen as cast list, what would you do? IMDB is a terrible company because of that. Nobody needs to prove something for that. They don't have a customer service and they put people's name in their website without any approval. You can just write someone's name on a black screen and publish it there. This is a really unsecure and ridiculous type of company. Can you change someone's facebook, instagram or twitter account? No because they have security and customer service. IMDB allows you to create profile with someone's name but if it's a wrong title, they have to delete it or fix it. Just because people's names are on a black screen doesn't prove anything.
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Apparently, they record the names from on-screen credits
regardless of the reasons why those credits are there.

Their stated "golden rule" is this:  "Site credits matching
those that appear onscreen must never be changed."

http://www.imdb.com/help/search?domain=helpdesk_faq&index=2&file=correcting_existing_data#au...
"Always remember the golden rule:
Site credits matching those that appear onscreen
must never be changed."
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It's a name written by a computer. It's not image of that person. On-screen has to be a image of person in a movie. That's totally wrong. Nobody can make a rule from their mind. I can go to court for that with a lawyer. You can't manage a company like that anywhere. We live by laws in US.
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IMDb documents public information, credits in on screen credits. It doesn't matter if it's you or someone with tbe same name or even if it's you but you didn't even appear. Only that the combination of letters has appeared in the credits of a publically displayed film.

Sorry.
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Btw are you the lawyers of IMDB? Why are you trying to defend this ridiculous company type? People have privacy rights and nobody can't attack or deny people's privacy. People are protected by US laws. You don't even know about these I think. IMDB is not a government website who can just publish anything they want. And they can not have golden rules or any rules for people. If the people don't want their names on a website, they can request their names to be removed. And I will go to courthouse for that.
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They have been to the courthouse and have won...so have at it. Throw your money away to lawyers if hou like. Again, it's public information. IMDb can display it the same as if a newspaper posted a story about your performance in the film. It's public information and no one needs your permission to display it (and you don't get more public than Amazon.com).

Good luck with your legal action.