The wrong person has been credited with my work

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I worked on the feature film "Equals" as a Junior Set Designer and the credit has been added to the account of the Canadian politician Justin Trudeau, not my own. Please let me know how to change this. 
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Go to the page for the title. Click "edit page" and choose to make a correction in that category. Change the name to yours as it appears on the IMDb Name Page that lists your work, including any Roman numeral added by IMDb.

If you need step by step instruction, let us know.
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I tried changing the name using the steps you outlined above. Before I made the edit I changed my profile name to Justin R Trudeau to distinguish myself from the Canadian overlord who is stealing my film credits. When I typed the new name in I was given a warning message because no record of me was found. Hopefully it still works, not sure how long these things take. 

Thanks for your help. 
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The IMDb database is complex, and is currently using a 2-phase update. The default display page is shown very shortly after it is approved, but other sections (including the Update portion of the database) are only updated by a nightly rebuild of the database. Therefore, you are unable to submit updates to the New Name page for about 36 to 48 hours after the default page appears (longer if there is a problem with the rebuild).

Also, a credit cannot be listed until the Name page is available, so it is held aside and only released when the New page has been created. Therefore there is usually a day or two's delay after the page appears before the credit is attached to it.

That said, the Primary Name on your page should match the name that will be shown on the credits, otherwise you must add an  (as Justin Trudeau) attribute to the credit to show the actual on-screen credit.

Also, if you continue to act under the name of Justin Trudeau, but keep the primary name as Justin R. Trudeau, your future credits will likely be added to the politician's page or a new Justin Trudeau page will be created, because the submitter will assume that if it were you it would be listed on screen with the "R".
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Alright, that makes sense. How can I avoid the other Justin Trudeau being credited for my work without changing my name?
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Names are unique by IMDb assigning a Roman numeral. So, if his page came first, he'd be Justin Trudeau (I) and you, Justin Trudeau (2).

Changing your name to a name by which you're not credited on screen would compound the problem. People will see "Justin Trudeau" in the credits and be more likely to add it to his page than to yours. If you try to add a credit to "Justin Trudeau" when there are two, the form will ask you, in essence, "do you mean Justin (I), Justin (II) or is this a new person not already listed."

The best thing is to add as much info to the page about you as you can. If there is a bio not suggesting anything to do with his career and a list of credits in different departments, it'll be easier for someone adding a credit to distinguish one from the other.

Someone might still screw it up, though.

If your name change goes through and you're not going to be credited that way most often, going forward, you should change it back (assuming the current display is more accurate).

If his doesn't have a bio mentioning he's the politician (it looks like the bio on his page is the automated one the system makes up based on information on the other sections of the page), you could author one more specific for his page. The more information on each page the less likely there will be mistakes like this.
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I really am at a loss here. I can't add a credit to my page because I do not show up because my one and only title went to the wrong person. 

Am I supposed to wait until it's corrected?
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I am not sure what exactly you mean.

Corrections take 1-7 days to process. Yes, you'll have to wait for it all to process.

It looks like the name page, display mode, has finished with the name change (though, do you really want the name change? Seems like a bass-ackwards way of deciding on your professional name, but that's up to you). As mentioned above, the page needs an over night rebuild to have all parts updated.

Adding credits to your page can be submitted any time, but yes, you need to wait your turn for processing to take place.

Did the newly named Justin R. page exist before or did you just create it? How did that page come about? You said you changed the name, did the page already exist with no credits listed? If so, how was the name configured? Justin Trudeau? Did it have a Roman numeral assigned?

How did your name appear on screen in Equals (or did it appear?)?
I tried changing the name using the steps you outlined above. Before I made the edit I changed my profile name to Justin R Trudeau
If you're going to take the time to ask, I'd suggest you wait for and follow recommended steps.

But, yes, you'll need the pages to be processed and updated fully to add/correct/delete data on the page.
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No need to get snippy, just trying to figure out a simple way to fix this issue. You have to realize new users aren't used to IMDBd's circuitous UI.

As you suggested I'll wait a week and try making a change again to the name Justin Trudeau(2.)

Thanks for helping. I'll write back if I have any more issues.
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You're welcome.
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Justin: When you correct your name, make sure to use the roman numeral as opposed to the standard digit, that is, Justin Trudeau (II).
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Justin,

So, the Name Page in your name is at Justin R. Trudeau. It currently needs attention. If you have decided that, going forward, you'll go by Justin R., you'll leave the name but need to correct the existing credit to add the "attribute" to "(as Justin Trudeau)."

If not, and you'll continue to use the working name "Justin Trudeau," you'll need to edit the page and remove the "R." and add a Roman numeral (II), as gromit described above. If you need help with this step, let us know. It should be easily fixed.
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Thanks for all the info. These are the steps I've taken since your posts:
I went back into the Equals IMDB page and edited my name so it gets changed to Justin Trudeau (II). Then I changed the name in my profile so it also reads "Justin Trudeau(II). I'm hoping this eliminates the Justin R. Trudeau that shows up on the search criteria now. 

Thanks for all the help. 
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Ohh...well, the first step might botch things again. There's no reason for it. Changin the name on your page changes it on all the title pages your old name appears. What you've done is tell the system it's a different person than the one who has received the credit.

Hopefully that one won't get accepted.

We'll have to wait to see tbe result and apply any fixes needed.