I want to gain "control" of my IMDB account.

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Someone else has control of my IMDB account under my legal name. The list of work is accurate but I don't like that someone else can edit and write whatever they want. Could someone from IMDB please contact me via email, or if anyone else has been through this situation, could you please let me know how to fix the situation. 

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Matthew S.

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Jeffrey Lee DuPree

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Unfortunately... There is no control over your account. I agree we need to have control over our paid account. And unfortunately IMDB IS CONSIDERED PUBLIC INFORMATION AND THEY FEEL THAT ANYONE CAN ADD OR EDIT.
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Mayor Defacto, Champion

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Sorry Matthew,

but no one gets to control what appears on the name page of the database that lists their filmography/bio. Any registered user can submit updates to any name or title page which are then reviewed by IMDb staff before being applied. If you have an IMDbPro subscription, it comes with a resume and photo gallery you can attach to your name page. You do have total control over those two paid areas, but that control will not affect how credits are listed in your filmography, or what is accepted by staff to be added to other sections of your name page.

If there are errors in either your credits or the additional information listed on "your" page, Use the Edit page button at the bottom of that page and submit corrections.Note that I wrapped your in quotes because as explained it's not really your page. You have no ownership rights to it. But you have the same rights as any other user to submit updates for approval.

Hope this clears things up for you.
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Matthew S.

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Thank you for the replies. 

Very interesting, I would have never guess this is how IMDB works. The thing I am most concerned about is the bio attached to my name. If I would like to make an edit, do I have more control over what is written / not written in the bio if I can prove my identity?

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Mayor Defacto, Champion

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Hey Matthew,

Check out the section of the Submission Guide for Biographical Information devoted to Mini-Biographies, https://contribute.imdb.com/updates/guide/bio_all_guides#bio.

Note particularly the final two bullet points in the section:

  • It is our policy not to remove biographies in their entirety, unless we receive an updated or amended version of a similar length
  • Replacing a biography that contains a good deal of background information with one containing almost no bio information (i.e. only includes their credits) will be considered the same as attempting to delete a biography
Biographies are often penned by authors who sign their work. If they've provided a way to contact them (e.g. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000113/bio), proper etiquette is to get in touch with them and allow them to make any necessary corrections beyond fixing minor typos.

If you think you can do a better job, you're free to create your own bio adhering to the guidelines and submit it as a replacement. If the bio editor likes your version better he may substitute it for the existing one. Note that policy listed in the quoted bullet points is rigidly applied. If your submitted bio is less informative and/or shorter than the existing one, it's not likely to be chosen as a replacement.

The identity of the author is of no consequence. A bio from you will not carry any more weight than one from any other user. Decisions are based on the amount of information contained in the bio and an admittedly subjective view of the bio editor as to which is more "interesting".