Continuing the discussion from Piracy on release in MB:
- @reosarevok expressed Musicbrainz’ preference for an altered cover rather than the original containing a piracy site’s URL:
- For use with cover art images that needed to be modified to be permitted on the Cover Art Archive, I suggested that if such images are added, it should be clearly marked that they were redacted.
- @thwaller stressed that it should not encourage modification of cover art as a normal practice.
- @IvanDobsky suggested that the phrasing be changed to specify this as for use with pirate releases rather than bootlegs.
- I argued that this was confusing as a “pirated” release is not defined in Musicbrainz, and
- @thwaller seemed to agree that the recording in question was a “bootleg” recording being distributed on a piracy site, but not pirated itself, as there was no original recording.
My current proposal
A cover-art type addition, named “redacted” with the following as its description:
The image has has been modified because it could not otherwise be uploaded to the Cover Art Archive. This is because the original image included watermark links to pirate, pornographic, or otherwise sketchy sites.
For use only with bootleg releases where other artwork does not exist.
I think this would make it clear that some information was redacted from the cover art, and sufficiently stresses that this is something to be done only in specific, limited situations.