please unlink my name from a release. The cover offends people.

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I am trying to unlink my name from a release. I made a short film that won many awards and now is on a release that has a pornographic cover. This is causing problems for me and my clients. Every time someone looks me up on IMDB, they see the cover and think I make porno. Can't you please unlink my name from the "Boys to Men" release? I have made a request and it has so far been ignored.
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Carl Pfirman

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DavidAH_Ca, Champion

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IMDb is a database that records credits. It will not remove valid data.

You have stated that you did the work on this film, so there is no reason for IMDb to remove it. The Known for section choices are automated and cannot be manually altered, so there is no telling how long Boys to Men will remain as one of the choices. IMDb does not publish the actual algorithm for the choices, but I expect the fact that you have both Director and Editor credits for the film means it may be there quite a while.

I doubt IMDb will remove the picture, but the producer could always provide another poster that wasn't so troublesome.
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I have given you a perfectly valid reason to unlink my name from this release. I will seek legal advice,
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While I sympathize with your reasoning; the issue is simple:

This is public information. There is no legal recourse that you can use to stop someone from telling the truth about you.

IMDB publishes public information as accurately as possible in regards to film credits and the people in those credits. They do not remove truthful information on request for anyone, not you and not for people even more famous than you. The truth is protected by law.

If you find something that is not accurate please by all means provide the correct information so that the site can be as accurate and truthful as possible.

However, simply removing information because you no longer want it to be known is never going to be a valid reason for removal.

As DavidAH_Ca already suggested, the producer of the film could provide a different poster for the title if they choose; but any credit data will remain so long as it is accurate and truthful.
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It's not the producer; it's the distributor who made a crass marketing decision to sex up the packaging. I'll make an appeal to the distributor, but I seriously doubt that he'll do anything. The release is a collection of short films and I had no say in what went on the box. I complained at the time, and it did no good. The DVD came out 13 years ago and the image is not reresentative of my film and continues to cause problems for me now. The image on the DVD is the first thing that anyone sees in my IMDB page even though I've worked on many films since then. The film won a Student Academy Award, but it looks like porn because of packaging. Kids: be very careful about what distributer you work with. Their marketing decisions will come back to haunt you. It's unfortunate that IMDB can't be more reasonable and helpful in solving this problem.
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