Suggestion regarding posters/covers

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I think it would be a good idea to make the submission of a poster/cover image to a title free when (and only when) it has no current picture and is older than, say, ten years.
This way the number of titles without a poster would decrease, while at the same time still bring in money to IMDb from the vast majority of submissions.

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Maybe, but on the other hand it could also bring forth a massive flood of lawsuits from various movie companies, producers and other sites from which those posters and cover images were taken from, without permission. Having to pay for the submission of this kind of data makes you think twice about what you're doing, and is an effective hindrance of people uploading pictures they do not hold the copyright for. If it was free, you can be sure that rule would be broken repeatedly, and it could open up for a legal nightmare for IMDb.

The way it is now, the ones uploading the posters are effectively paying IMDb to help promote their movie by hosting a picture for it, while at the same time insuring that the image uploaded is legal and gives IMDb a legal right to host it. And  that's really the way it has to be, all things considered.
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This could be useful, since a lot of older films and people do not have images associated with their pages. However, the person submitting the poster or other image would still have to own the copyright, or the image would have to be clearly in the public domain. IMDb cannot use images without the express permission of the original copyright holder.
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As has been said, you run into a copyright nightmare. The suggestion to allow the addition of public domain material has been made here:

The only way to get an image for free is if there is one on Amazon and staff can import those (although I'm unsure if this has been successful on here more than once or twice).

The one-off payment on the poster service is hardly a bank-breaker and is a handy revenue stream for IMDB, so don't expect them to make this free any time soon.