I was reading an article on bootlegs, and came across this passage:
[quote]The terminology in this twilight zone of collectable music often gets mixed up, not only through lack of knowledge, but also for political or reasons of deliberate obscurity. For this article, we’ll stick to the definitions as outlined in what was, at it’s time, the “bible” of bootleg collecting, the “Hot Wacks Book”:
A “bootleg” consists of unreleased material recorded at concerts, studio outtakes and radio or TV broadcasts.
A “pirate” album consists of released material without attempting to make the LP look like an original.
A “counterfeit” album is an exact copy of an officially released album.[/quote]
Musicbrainz currently lumps these three categories into a single status “bootleg”, but there are clearly qualitative differences between the three.
Is this something that Musicbrainz should track? What are folks’ opinions on this categorization?