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There are several ways to get an IMDb dataset for movies, with information of title, actors and more.

However, I just want to get a dataset of the user profile and their reviews, watchlist, and ratings.

Is there any formal API for developer to fetch dataset like that or some existed dataset about users on IMDb?

  • Reviews don't seem to be released. See here stackoverflow.com/a/24839719/2327328 and here opendata.stackexchange.com/q/1073/1511 – philshem Oct 27 '14 at 8:42
  • It's not the same thing, but I assume you're familiar with the large dataset Netflix released a few years ago? – Barry Carter Oct 27 '14 at 20:34
  • @philshem I read those carefully and got some ideas. It is, however, sad to be limited to get datasets :(. – Toomatoo Oct 28 '14 at 9:38
  • @BarryCarter maybe I should it try though. – Toomatoo Oct 28 '14 at 9:40
  • Is it for research only? Or for commercial use? Or for something else? Answer might depend on your goal. – Nicolas Raoul Oct 29 '14 at 1:54
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Users-related data is not currently released.

One option could be screen-scraping, but it is forbidden by the usage conditions:

Robots and Screen Scraping: You may not use data mining, robots, screen scraping, or similar data gathering and extraction tools on this site, except with our express written consent as noted below.

  • So it is kind of cruel when I am planning to start a research topic about recommending movies to users. Any advice in terms of data? – Toomatoo Oct 28 '14 at 11:47
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    I'm not a lawyer, but I'd simply ignore those restrictions and do it anyway. Unless IMDB finds a way to shut you down, I don't think they can legally pursue this. You almost definitely fall under the research "clause" of the Fair Use Doctorine. – Barry Carter Oct 28 '14 at 16:16
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    Yes, you are right. I am such a novice in research to be cautious about legality or other factors. Anyway, Getting data is one of the most interesting parts in research, although sometimes obstructed and tedious. – Toomatoo Oct 30 '14 at 3:33

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