Spam-like images

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IMDb is spammed with entitle images consisting of semi-relevant titles printed on irrelevant photos. Some examples:
Annie Lennox: No More I Love You's (1995)
Baha Men: Who Let the Dogs Out? (2000)
Howard Jones: No One Is to Blame (1986)
Hurts: Stay (2010)
JoJo: Baby It's You (2004)
Justin Bieber: Somebody to Love (2010)
Mandy Moore: Have a Little Faith in Me (2003)
Mariah Carey: I Still Believe (1999)
The All-American Rejects: Swing, Swing (2003)
... more than hundred of them at this post moment.

When they are replaced with a relative entitle image, their Google-indexed thumbnails are active for the IMDb pages.
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Looking at the least my first thought was "Well, album covers on music videos, probably", but that is indeed something else and a case of SPAM. And a very odd one, to boot: there's not identifying information on the image per se and the images are not attached to any other titles either making it much harder to detect and delete and yet also effectively eliminating any reason to post them. Odd. 

Anyhow, in such cases images usually just get reported manually through the form seen in an attached image (accessible by pressing "Report This", then the appropriate reason), although I'm sure you know that already and sheer scale of the problem requires something else. Let's wait what staff will say, because that is really something odd. 
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It is also an odd thing to follow the spammer manually. You always need more time: to find, to report, to wait, to check... The best and the most effective way may be provided only by the staff: to check all the contributions of the same person(s).
If they need more info, they know my e-mail.
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Hey MAthePA,

Thanks for your post and bringing this to our attention. 

I've passed this onto the necessary team for further investigation. 

Joel 
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Stingray Karaoke  =>  Amazon Video  =>  IMDb
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As I see now, they've spammed not only the posters, but also plots/storylines, e.g.:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7929046
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MAthePA: I see the problem. The plot outline for "Seal: This Could Be Heaven" says, "Sing This Could Be Heaven in the Style of "Seal". Stingray Karaoke Pop, 2000, English, Key C."

But "Seal: This Could Be Heaven" is supposed to be the actual music video performed by Seal for one of his songs. It's not just in his style; it's actually him. Someone who has made a karaoke video for the song should enter it as a separate entry, not insert the information into the entry for the original artist's video.
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Here we go with an accidentally found new case of malfunction instead of intended automation. How do you like it: a doc on Michael Jackson's Thriller supplied with a mystery of Agatha Christie?
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Ah.....A case for Colombo and Kojak to solve.
Ah.......Just one more thing, who loves ya Baby!!
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I'm candid in non-understanding this joke, but please don't invite Kojak -- he used to have no comprehension between cigarillos and lollipops ;)))
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Monica had that problem with Cigars.
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oops
it's ticking from fiction to the prose of existence
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Some babes need big lollipops
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That is a different issue from your original post, MA. The image is from another episode of the series, and since it is tagged to the series it is also displayed on some other episodes. If you want to ask about it I suggest you start a new post.
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Peter, I believe it's the same global issue that is common for stated in my initial post here as well as in Marco "series". If you wanna test, just try to delete the "series" tag for the poster as Marco tried thrice. There are some reasons why I don't explain this insanity on public in full details; I just prefer to keep them informed on the endless after-effects.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Repeated image and plot outlines spam on music video titles.

That subject was adressed a few times there already, but I believe it should be adressed more. My edit #190806-154112-839502 on New Radicals: You Get What You Give (1998) was a declined attempt at deleting this image, which has nothing to do with original music video or even original release of the song, for that matter. Since then I've also noticed that similar spam also affected the plot outline of the video with it now saying "Sing You Get What You Give in the Style of "New Radicals". Stingray Karaoke Rock, Modern Rock, 1999, English, Key D.". Which is, of course, not a synopsis or a summary - it's a karoke recommendation. I believe what happens here is someone's utterly misguided attempt at housing their karaoke tips on IMDb, using music video pages as dumps for that.It is my working version simply because I can't find these images elsewhere. All of them seem to be made using the same algorythm: random stock photograph of some people with an overlay text "Song Title in the style of Band/Artist's Name".  

By now I've seen numerous titles affected. Some examples I've stumbled upon using several user-conducted lists of music videos include: 
The Beatles: Love Me Do (1963) (this image and plot outline affected)
Wang Chung: Everybody Have Fun Tonight (1986) (this image)
R.E.M.: Orange Crush (1988) (this image)
Jane's Addiction: Been Caught Stealing (1990) (this image)
Digital Underground: The Humpty Dance (1990) (this image)
En Vogue: My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It) (1992) (this image)
Montell Jordan: This Is How We Do It (1995) (this image)
Rob Zombie: Dragula (1998) (this image appeared this very month, since I've seen the title before and it was absent!)
Baha Men: Who Let the Dogs Out? (2000) (this image and plot outline affected)
Daft Punk: Harder Better Faster Stronger (2001) (this image and plot outline affected; this one is even for the wrong song!)
The White Stripes: Blue Orchid (2005) (this image and plot outline affected)
Calvin Harris: Ready for the Weekend (2009) (this image and plot outline affected)
David Guetta Feat. Akon: Sexy Bitch (2009) (this image and plot outline affected)

So far it seems that spam mostly targets videos from 1990's to 2000's, rarely occurring on music videos from 1960's, 1970's, 1980's or 2010's. At this point, I believe that user's IP should be tracked down and everything one did should be reviewed.