Warner Brothers And IMDB Hold Browser Hostage With 'V' Ad


Perhaps it's just us but this morning we have been attacked by one of those porn-style redirect ads. We were checking out the cast of the upcoming James Bond flick, Casino Royale on IMDB when, after about five seconds, we were whisked away to a promotional sweepstakes eprize page for the movie V. No amount of reloading on use of the back button would stop the fucking ad page from forcing itself upon us. Someone over at Warner Brothers or IMBD better get their shit together or start kicking the shit out of whatever spammer is foisting this crap upon us.

NOTE: In comments, an IMDB representative explains the problem was a coding error on their part which occurred for a short period of time and they fixed it as soon as it was brought to their attention. Warner Brothers had nothing to do with the error.

Written by Steve Hall    Comments (6)     File: Online, Promotions, Worst     Jul-31-06  
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Same thing happens to me. And that's even after having to close a giant ad for something on HBO Video that I didn't sit through.

Posted by: Step Schwarz on July 31, 2006 10:44 AM

I just tried it and was not hijacked.

Posted by: Michael on July 31, 2006 01:40 PM

It's IMDB, not IMBD

Posted by: Mark on July 31, 2006 01:57 PM

I usually turn my firewall to "lockdown" and then close crap like that. It's been the only way I've found to kill the BS you describe. Beats having to physically disconnect.

blablablbabla what a bunch of clueless dicks.

Posted by: pat smith on July 31, 2006 02:57 PM

Sorry Mark...I always screw that up

Posted by: Steve Hall on July 31, 2006 02:57 PM

Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the "V for Vendetta" advertisement which, for a few hours, incorrectly redirected visitors to a different website even if they did not click on the ad.

Please rest assured that the browser redirection problem you experienced was not intentional and was simply the result of a coding error on IMDb.com's part (not Warner Brothers). As soon as the problem was brought to our attention, the ad was pulled from the site. The issue has now been fixed and the advertisement no longer exhibits this incorrect behavior.

We regret this technical mishap and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Thank you for your understanding.

IMDb.com Customer Service Manager

Posted by: G. Cairella on July 31, 2006 06:29 PM

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