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Plagiarized plot summaries

This person has added a large number of plagiarized plot summaries, mostly on adult and sexploitation titles. Often times they're copied from the back of the DVD covers or the distributor's website.

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How many plot summaries has this person added?

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Who is listed as the plot author in each case?

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@jeorj_euler

It's this person. https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?sort=alpha,asc&plot_author=lament

For example, he copied this plot summary from the Something Weird Video website.

https://web.archive.org/web/20210901125435/https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066055/

(nudity) https://www.somethingweird.com/product_info.php?products_id=20796

This one has recently shown up on his page, although he may have simply added his name to what was already there.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083139/

https://web.archive.org/web/20201112022627/https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083139/

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Hello ind3,

Thanks for reporting! We have investigated the reported Plot Summaries and have taken appropriate steps to help prevent the ongoing violations.

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@ind3​ Hi! Have you seen this happen only on adult titles?

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@Bethanny

If you're referring to the ongoing plagiarism, he's continuing to add plot summaries to non-adult titles as well, as you can see in the examples above. Keep in mind, this has been an ongoing issue for at least five years. To take a cynical approach, "[A]ppropriate steps to help prevent the ongoing violations." seems to indicate that you can't or won't actually stop this person and that the staff was aware of what was happening, as I've been deleting or correcting the summaries on and off for years. I asked how many summaries were added, and the answer seems to be several thousand.

https://www.imdb.com/user/ur46303197/

https://web.archive.org/web/20170331172821/http://www.imdb.com/search/title?plot_author=lament&view=simple&sort=alpha&ref_=tt_stry_pl

At one point, there were more than a thousand titles listed on the above page. Were they all deleted? It looks like his byline was simply removed from them, and most of the summaries were retained. The guide states: "Things you shouldn't do: Copy from other locations - plots must be your original work & all copyrighted material is excluded from the plot summaries database." Apparently this isn't true, because these summaries keep showing up.

https://help.imdb.com/article/contribution/titles/plots/G56STCKTK7ESG7CP#summary

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The problem is that it may be hard to prove plagiarism, since we won't necessarily know that the plot outlines appearing in various places across crowd-sourced parts of the Web aren't from the same source (or that something didn't publicly originate on IMDb before being copied therefrom onto other places), and even outside of crowd-sourcing, there is nothing stopping a studio or a distributor from spreading around its original work. I used to take action upon plot outlines shared by both IMDb and CVMC (or other movie information websites), and I gave up on account of uncertainty, at least in regards to plot outlines that were not personally authored by me.

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@jeorj_euler

It's true that once a plot summary is listed on the IMDb, it can often be very difficult to determine the source. This is especially true if someone has reworded the summary or translated it from another language. Almost all of the plot summaries that I've deleted or corrected from the above contributor were either clearly plagiarized from the DVD covers or were listed on other sites before they were added here, even if they originated somewhere else. This summary, for example, was taken from this review years after it was published.

https://web.archive.org/web/20201109031249/https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0194635/

https://vareverta.wordpress.com/2013/02/16/3-a-m-1975-the-passion-of-the-spliced/

As far as I can tell, this person simply doesn't write anything himself other than to tack on one or two sentences to someone else's work. The reason that I found these summaries in the first place is because this is clearly the same person who was and is corrupting the cast credits on these titles.

https://community-imdb.sprinklr.com/conversations/data-issues-policy-discussions/corruption-of-cast-credits/6448691638c43b5a022d83bb

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@ind3​ Thanks for that! I have deleted all the plots, it will take a little for the changes to be live on the site because of the amount.

Cheers!

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@ind3​ Already deleted, those just took a little longer.

Cheers!

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@Bethanny

Thanks. I just realized that the adult titles can be displayed. A number of the summaries are still on the site, although not all of these are hardcore.

https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?adult=include&plot_author=lament

vs.

https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?plot_author=lament

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt28564048/plotsummary/

https://letterboxd.com/film/vagrant-2023/

https://www.moviefone.com/movie/taong-grasa/5i6yL289kTafLoaN5Q9Ua4/main/

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1443560/plotsummary/

https://www.sensacine.com/peliculas/pelicula-194277/

https://www-sensacine-com.translate.goog/peliculas/pelicula-194277/?_x_tr_sl=auto&_x_tr_tl=es&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=wapp

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087413/plotsummary/

https://www.filmaffinity.com/es/film668845.html

https://www-filmaffinity-com.translate.goog/es/film668845.html?_x_tr_sl=auto&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=wapp

https://www.themoviedb.org/movie/29533-historia-sexual-de-o?language=es

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2270896/plotsummary/

https://www.tvspielfilm.de/kino/filmarchiv/film/toedliche-versuchung,5281480,ApplicationMovie.html

https://www-tvspielfilm-de.translate.goog/kino/filmarchiv/film/toedliche-versuchung,5281480,ApplicationMovie.html?_x_tr_sl=auto&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=wapp

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This person also plagiarizes. I've deleted several of the summaries since they were copied from the distributor's website. For example: 230815-083413-377000 (Many of the summaries contain graphic language.)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt20240604/plotsummary/

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt18925960/plotsummary/

Due to the volume of summaries, it's difficult to be certain that they are all plagiarized, but it looks like most of them are.

https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?sort=alpha,asc&adult=include&plot_author=mrs.%20x

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@ind3​ Hi!

Thanks, I have created a ticket to check on the user mentioned above to clean any plagiarized plots, reference number V1128202173.

Cheers!

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@Bethanny

Thanks. If you mean this person, then basically everything is plagiarized.

https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?sort=moviemeter,asc&adult=include&plot_author=mrs.%20x

For example:

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Everything that this person adds is stolen from other sites. For example:

https://web.archive.org/web/20170208095741/https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0223417/

Loosely based on a 1926 short story by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki,[2], the film opens as an artist and a young woman are in a dentist's waiting room. Though he is attracted to the woman, he says nothing to her. They are later in the same examining room. When he is given an anaesthetic, he begins to imagine a series of scenes in which the woman undergoes various forms of sexual abuse, including rape and torture. When the artist recovers from the anaesthetic, he finds clues showing that he may not have been hallucinating.[6]

6. ^ Synopsis based on Weisser, p.102.

https://en-academic.com/dic.nsf/enwiki/5541105

https://books.google.com/books/about/Japanese_Cinema_Encyclopedia.html?id=D-U3AAAAMAAJ

Even the user review was plagiarized.

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I have a few questions. Can you delete the rest of the summaries? Why do they keep showing up?

https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?adult=include&plot_author=lament

Why does his page still list 1000+ plot summaries?

https://www.imdb.com/user/ur46303197/

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@ind3​ Hi! I believe I mentioned in my previous comment I had done a ticket to have the summaries cleaned up, that is not solved yet I will keep you posted. 

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@Bethanny

The problem at this point is that he's stealing other people's summaries by changing the byline, while continuing to add plagiarism. Please add this information and these examples to the open ticket.

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https://shellacfilms.com/international-sales/that-kind-of-summer

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064660/

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https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metti,_una_sera_a_cena

https://web.archive.org/web/20120226140509/https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metti%2C_una_sera_a_cena

https://it-m-wikipedia-org.translate.goog/wiki/Metti,_una_sera_a_cena?_x_tr_sl=auto&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=wapp

(plagiarized)

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13857556/

https://deadline.com/2022/11/candy-land-horror-thriller-from-ida-red-team-acquired-by-quiver-1235170096/

231207-025821-870000

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt15500446/

https://www.motelx.org/edicoes-anteriores/download-programa-pdf/21

https://imdb.com/review/rw8503634/

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065915/

https://www.unifrance.org/film/5958/je-suis-une-nymphomane

https://www-unifrance-org.translate.goog/film/5958/je-suis-une-nymphomane?_x_tr_sl=auto&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=wapp&_x_tr_hist=true

https://web.archive.org/web/20131119004936/https://www.unifrance.org/film/5958/je-suis-une-nymphomane

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064660/

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metti,_una_sera_a_cena

https://web.archive.org/web/20120226140509/https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metti%2C_una_sera_a_cena

https://it-m-wikipedia-org.translate.goog/wiki/Metti,_una_sera_a_cena?_x_tr_sl=auto&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=wapp%E2%80%9D

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