[mb-style] Adding pirated download links to releases as "can be downloaded for free from..." relationships
kuno at frob.nl
Tue Jul 5 06:54:07 UTC 2011
On 05/07/11 05:35, Magda Stremeski wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm having a debate right now about how appropriate it is to add links
> to releases that tell a user where the release can be downloaded from.
> Edits in question:
> and a few others that have to do with the soundtracks of LucasArts
> computer games.
> The games never had an official soundtrack release. Some people created
> high quality rips of the soundtrack direct from the game and uploaded
> the bootleg. So, without a doubt, these are unofficial releases -
> bootlegs. This is not being contested. I'm OK with these releases being
> on MB (although there are other outstanding questions like, what is the
> real song title? But that aside...) It's more to do with the URLs being
> attached to the releases.
> MusicBrainz clearly states on its About page:
> *Copyright infringement*
> MusicBrainz provides data /about/ recordings, /not the music itself/.
> MusicBrainz does not condone copyright infringement and will not
> help you find a place to illegally download copyrighted works.
The Relationships/URLs guideline also governs this:
When linking to a page where you can download, stream or get music via
mail-order, the page must respect copyright law. Do NOT link to pages
which contain pirated material. There are two exceptions to this guideline:
1. Bootleg recordings of concerts.
2. Derivative works such as mash-ups or unauthorized remixes (a
well-known example of this is Danger Mouse's "The Grey Album").
So, the edits mentioned earlier are not allowed under the current guidelines
(I'm assuming the site linked to doesn't have a license from LucasArts to
distribute this stuff).
-- kuno / warp.
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