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What's diff. between COMPOSERS and AUTHORS when submitting a new song in database.

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mduval32323

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mduval32323 @ 2019-08-09 23:35:04 UTC

Can someone help me out please. I want to start adding "new" originals to the database that have multiple covers. I am getting bogged down when it gets to the step that asks for "COMPOSERS" (which I assumed meant the songwriters), but then the next step asks for "AUTHORS" (which I assumed meant songwriters as well). So I don't know how to complete that portion. If it's trying to split out between who wrote the music and lyrics I may not always have that precise of data. Any help would be much appreciated. And also, is there a way to make it default to ENGLISH as the language as 99.9% of what I will submit will be ENGLISH songs.


Thx Mark.

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sebcat

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sebcat @ 2019-08-09 23:51:19 UTC

Yes - what you've said is how we define these terms. Composer refers to the person who wrote the music, and author to the person who wrote the lyrics. In most cases, the copyright databases or label credits do not distinguish who wrote music and lyrics. In those cases, you just enter all the songwriters into both fields in the form. Hope that helps.

mduval32323

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mduval32323 @ 2019-08-10 00:11:47 UTC

Thx. Got it. I'll do my best to break them out. Most of these songwriters are already in your database so I should be able to get some assistance from that.

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mduval32323

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mduval32323 @ 2019-11-08 14:35:30 UTC

Awesome. I think that was warranted for all the new folks out there just starting.

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Bastien

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Bastien @ 2019-11-10 09:52:21 UTC

I'm using all your questions & remarks as opportunities to improve our guidelines and support documentation Smile