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What's a major label?

What's a major label?
October 12, 2013, 03:53:40 PM
That being said, we should probably avoid all major label releases...

Many 'heavy' labels are major label subsidiaries.
Not-so-fun fact: the 'rights' on most Beherit releases are owned by Universal Music. Same goes for the entire Deutsche Grammophon catalogue. They'll want your head on a plate if you upload that music, even if all performers are long dead. Although Spinefarm and DG are 'independent' sublabels, they probably have the same anti-piracy forces working for them as Rihanna...

Re: What's a major label?
October 19, 2013, 06:04:44 PM
To what extent are anti-piracy laws still enforced? I can't imagine it would be an issue with CDs anymore. Especially the classics which are often out of print. And I'm guessing the small portion of worthwhile releases coming out in recent years is easily enough to warrant purchasing a hard copy for most people.

Re: What's a major label?
October 20, 2013, 04:04:47 PM
Most metal labels releases are supplied by one of the same handful of distributors (Caroline, RED etc) which are actually just divisions of major labels that serve the "underground" niche markets.

So Candlelight, Earache, Century Media, Nuclear Blast are all distributed by Caroline, which is a division of Universal. Metal Blade, Relapse, Megaforce, Southern Lord are distributed by RED Distribution (Sony division).

This is of course not unique to metal, most "independent" labels are corporate owned... Victory, Psychopathic, Rap A Lot, Tooth & Nail, Metropolis, G Unit, Mute etc are all carried in the same way. Generally speaking, if it has a printed UPC code on the back then it's probably not an underground release.

If you want to avoid supporting major labels any more than possible, download and/or buy secondhand.

Re: What's a major label?
October 20, 2013, 05:24:17 PM
Anti-piracy action is almost entirely focused on new content, not back catalogues. The industry is mostly built around first-month impulse purchases, tailing off after 1-2 years. They generally don't take any action with music they distribute, only the larger artists released on the big labels. However, smaller labels like Century Media have taken action by suing people.

There is a simple way to see if the label cares about sharing an older album - search for it on Youtube and if it has been uploaded by someone other than the band/label and it has been there for more than a year, they don't care.

Re: What's a major label?
October 31, 2013, 12:28:11 AM
Do you think the music industry (for lack of a more hellish term) is in a better position now than it way say 10 years ago? Considering the effect of file sharing, the easy availability of anything, the multitude of clone bands, niche splinter-genres and so on and so forth.