Country of origin of a Label
Label > Label Country
This field describes in which country a label was created. Its intent is to give an idea about the geographical origin of a label. It does not reflect in which country the label now distributes its stuff, or the country in which a corporation relocated.
The country list is drawn from ISO 3166.
The label country data field is required when creating a new label (though you can use the special country [Unknown country]).
The label country field shares a lot with other fields in MusicBrainz that use country lists (eg: ReleaseEvent), including some of its problems/limitations. For more informations, you should consult ReleaseEventStyle or the old ReleaseCountryStyle.
Identifying a label country also presents its own difficulties. To help solving these, here are a few advices:
- company's origin country are not usually hard to find out
- an imprint should have as a country of origin the country of origin of the company that owns it, unless the imprint was created with the idea of targeting (only) a specific region of the world, in which case it's tolerable to use that instead
- "holdings" are probably all international conglomerates (so [Worldwide] seems appropriate), unless you can actually identify the country in which such a company has been created...
- don't overlook things: labels history are complicated, long and painful :-) - be sure of "what" exactly you're documenting. In doubt, use [Unknown country].