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GUEST,Rossey The problem with Discogs (70* d) RE: The problem with Discogs 08 Apr 19

Hi Howard, Jack etc. the problem is that there is an autofeature which is harvesting data, then churning out a page which is linked to Google. So when you do a search of a song in the results a heading prominently pops up saying eg. 'Home to Inverness' COMPOSITION by Joss Esplin (he is the performer , NOT the composer - Stewart Ross is the composer), so that is stated as fact.    There is no direct way of altering these auto created pages.   They create these false credits in the absence of information.    Anybody looking for the attribution of a song would assume that the credit given by Discogs is therefore to the person they list.   After a tortuous process I got one Discogs auto page altered by writing to the admin, as the Google search result was very high up and prominent when you typed in a search.   This involved a platinum selling album track that my father wrote, and it had the arranger of the record down as a song 'COMPOSED BY' even though he had nothing to do with the song, and is not listed anywhere other for arranging the whole album.   It glared out during any search. This would lead artists to cover it with the wrong person's name on it   So you don't even have to visit the site to have this false information thrown at you. I have no problem with it as a discography source... it is the inclusion of false label credits, misprints and also autocreating pages which claim to give authorship/composition data which is wrong, and this being linked to Google - with no correction process on that side.

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