This new feature is now available on both the IMDb and IMDbPro full and mobile optimized websites. For more information please see IMDb Title Images: Frequently Asked Questions
The FAQ says, "Anyone who has signed into IMDb and is in good standing within the IMDb community can now add images to their favorite movie or TV show."
But later on it says, "Do not add ... Images for which you do not own the copyright or have the necessary rights ...."
I've signed in to IMDb, I'm in good standing within the IMDb community ... but I don't own the copyright to any posters or stills from any movies or TV shows listed in the database. Nor, I would guess, do many of the people reading this.
In other words, are you really looking for fan-submitted images? Or is this just a way to allow filmmakers to submit images to IMDb for no charge? If the latter, that would still be a great benefit, but it's somewhat different from what I originally understood the situation to be.
I also have concerns about the copyright issue, which I've expressed previously during the beta test.
I've sparingly used the feature, only uploading images that are clearly in the public domain or for which fair use can be claimed.
Some of my concerns regarding copyright are mitigated because IMDb's content editors have to approve the image before they go live. In addition, users can challenge whether an image is appropriate or violates copyright.
I have a question about this copyright issue.
If I upload an image which is taken from an official website and during the upload, if I mention the copyright holder's name (person/website) in the 'Copyright' section just under the 'Type of Image' section, will that be alright? or still I am doing any mistake by violating IMDb's terms and conditions?
Thanks for reaching out. We are very excited to release this new feature. It has been in the works for many months and we are already seeing a significant improvement to many of our pages.
There are thousands and thousands of users worldwide who own or have the necessary rights as outlined in the Title Image Upload help. Additionally, there are numerous other sources and locations in which images are available for shared or public use. That said, IMDb respects the intellectual property of others. As part of this release, we have also provided a way for users to submit copyright claims via the "Report This" button displayed below each image (right next to the "Edit Tags" option). If someone believes their work has been copied in a way that constitutes a copyright infringement, they can submit a Copyright Infringement claim. Based on the claim, IMDb will act accordingly, typically removing the infringing material.
I appreciate this new feature.
It is VERY frustrating that there is NO WAY to contact ANYONE at IMDB, they just shove you on an outside forum like this and wash their hands off anything. I would be grateful if someone at IMDB could provide a fix for this... Thanks
Here's the contribution number for your reference: #160504-183625-946702
First of all I'd like to say that I definitely think this is a step in the right direction, since it'll mean more titles will receive a "poster".
However, your policy regarding poster/cover-images for films in the adult genre seems quite odd to me. Actually, so does your policy regarding images for non-pornographic films.
I mean, if a movie's official poster or DVD/VHS/BD-cover contains nudity (or any other form of content you deem inappropriate), shouldn't it be allowed for the sake of completion?
If you're worried you'd be offending certain people if you were to include such content (and I assume that is the case), I'd suggest a need to be logged-in, as well as changing one's personal settings, to view said images.
Anyway, to further elaborate my gripe regarding your policy concerning images for adult titles, I'd just like to say that I find your decision to not allow any images, whether they contain nudity or not, really perplexing (not to mention discriminatory). After all, one already has to be logged-in and actively allow adult titles/names to appear in the search filter to be able to access said movies' and/or names' pages.
Oh, and I also find the so-called descriptive words "prurient" and "tasteful" useless, since they're very subjective.
In closing I would like to add that I'm fully aware that it's your site, and that you're entitled to do whatever you want with it.
However, I'm also of the opinion that IMDb is, in some way, owned by it's users (just not in any legal sense).
Thanks for "listening" to what i had to say.
Thim (a longtime fan of the site)
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