Label/Label Code

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Description

"The Label Code (LC) was introduced in 1977 by the IFPI (International Federation of Phonogram and Videogram Industries) in order to unmistakably identify the different record labels (see Introduction, Record labels) for rights purposes. The Label Code consists historically of 4 figures, presently being extended to 5 figures, preceded by LC and a dash (e.g. LC-0193 = Electrola; LC-0233 = His Master's Voice). Note that the number of countries using the LC is limited, and that the code given on the item is not always accurate." http://www.iasa-web.org/icat/08_0.htm

A Label Code should not be confused with a ReleaseCatalogNumber. A catalog number identifies a particular release, whereas a label code identifies an entire Label.

When entering a Label Code in MusicBrainz, use only the numerical part, with or without leading zeros, which is the only relevant part stored in the database.

Additional information

Note that subsidiaries do not necessarily have an independent LabelCode, and may just use the LabelCode of their parent label.

Also note that entering label with identical LabelCodes in MusicBrainz requires you to add a disambiguation LabelComment (see IdenticallyNamedLabels for more information).

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