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GUEST,Rossey The problem with Discogs (70* d) RE: The problem with Discogs 09 Apr 19

It's all very well putting weasel clauses in claiming Discogs has no legal responsibility etc., but it's not just the user site pages itself - but the auto created ones - which clearly Discogs IS responsible for and how they appear on Google. It is responsible for false statements of who composed a work which prominently shows on Google searches as factual statements without visiting their site. This breaches the paternity right of the real composer/author and also potentially damages the copyright. It would be far better if it was kept to just a list of track titles on albums and singles - and avoided the whole cover credit and composition issue.

I can tell you that there are many versions that came out of my father's songs on LP's and CDs (and he is just one of untold numbers of modern writers), where there were printing errors, miscredits of all kinds, and misspellings of his name. These had been dealt with, but brought back by Discogs in a totally irresponsible way. I spent years of work getting errors on CD sleeves altered, and this site creates a nightmare. To add insult to injury, the auto page feature is spouting out its own rubbish linked to Google with the artist performer put down as Composer or someone else who had nothing to do with the work, and that is not the users at fault - but the people who are behind the site. One example is a song my father wrote, though a rubbish one, called 'Sing me a good old country song' which was the title track of an LP by an Irish artist. Unfortunately the record company mixed it up with another song called 'Sing Me An Old Fashioned Song', and credited it on the cover to the writers of that song, though the royalties were diverted and the registration correctly put down as Stewart Ross. Its been re-issued as a download and the credit is now completely correct, but that is the kind of error that happens on many occasions. Ironically, my father got sent a copy to review for a country music paper, stuck the album on - and found it was his own song that was on it! Another one a record company accidentally printed the credit from the song above, and printed it twice. There are dozens of ones I can think of.. and that's just my father's songs. One of the many millions, and why record label credits are not to be trusted for this database purpose without additional knowledge or general formal acceptance over who composed or authored a song. Discogs should stick to plain Discographies. Anyway we are now going round in circles - but the point is made!

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