This relationship is used to link a work to the artist responsible for writing the music and/or the words (lyrics, libretto, etc.), when no more specific information is available. If possible, the more specific composer, lyricist and/or librettist types should be used, rather than this relationship type.
entity0 cardinality: Many relationships (1)
entity1 cardinality: Few relationships (0)
Orderable direction: None (0)
The following attributes can be used with this relationship type:
This attribute describes if a particular role was considered normal or additional.
In many cases, the composer, lyricist and/or librettist relationship types should be used, even if the liner notes say this work was "written by" the artist, since we prefer specific relationship types.
For example, even if a release credits Just Like a Woman as "written by Bob Dylan", since he's the only writer, we can enter him as both composer and lyricist. Similarly, if a release credits a work without lyrics as "written by", it's generally safe to use "composed" instead.
For literary works, "written by" should be used, since there isn't a more specific relationship type for the author of a novel.