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{{Status|This is a [[Proposed Style Guideline]] that should supersede [[Release Country Style]].}}
A [[Release Event]] is the event when a [[Release]] is first sold on a market.
* The '''[[Release Date]]''' describes the '''day on which the release was first sold in stores'''. This is ''not necessarily the production year'' (that one which you find on the sleeve as ''(p) 1979''). The release date is optional. If entered, it can consist of a year only (1980), a month and a year (1980-03), or a specific day (1980-03-20).
* The '''[[Release Country]]''' describes the '''country where the release hit the stores''' on that specific [[Release Date|ReleaseDate]]. It is ''not the country where the release was produced''. The country is optional (you can set it to "unknown country"). See below for the intricate details.
==Details of the Release Country==
When adding a release event to a release, you have to choose the country. The list of countries you can choose from is taken from ISO 3166, which is a widely-used standard list of countries. Please do '''not''' use the release country to describe the country in which the release was produced, or from which the artist originates. For each country in which the release was issued, add a new release date, alongside the name of the country.
[[Image:Attention.png]] This practice is not an optimal solution - the following problems need to be resolved:
==Composite Release Areas==
Not all record distributors stick to national boundaries when they define the regions in which they issue a release. Releases are often issued in more than one country at the same time. For example, some releases state that they are distributed in "Australasia" (presumably Australia and New Zealand) or the "Benelux" (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg). In these cases it is OK, to add one release, and simply choose one of the countries to represent the entire release area:
* Choose the Artist<code><nowiki></nowiki></code>s country of origin. Shihad is a New Zealand band; if they release anrelease in Australasia, define the [[Release Country|ReleaseCountry]] as New Zealand .
* Where this information is unknown or ambiguous, choose the country with the largest sales.
==Fuzzy Release Areas==
[[MusicBrainz]] also has some fuzzy release areas: <dl><dt>Unknown Country
If you cannot find the country, but know the [[Release Date|ReleaseDate]], use this so that the date can be added to [[MusicBrainz]].
<dd>The "term" worldwide is still debated, but a majority of the community feels that it should be used for Internet only releases where the distributor has not specifically stated otherwise. (Please discuss). It should not be used for releases through iTunes, Napster and similar, as they release music which is commercially available in retail outlets. It should also be used where a global distributor does release in most of the world on the same date (which is extremely rare).
Trade within the EU is so open that it can be really difficult to figure out in which European country a release was released. "Europe" offers a fuzzy first guess, that can be changed later on, if someone finds the information. ''Do not use this simply because it says "produced in the EU" on your CD!''
==Staggered Releases in Different Areas==
Another common phenomenon is that, even when a release is released more-or-less simultaneously in many countries, in fact the releases are slightly staggered. For example, a release might be released on a Sunday in the US, but on Monday in Europe. I have no suggestion for what approach would be best in this situation.
==The European Union==
The European Union is currently not represented as a separate country, but this could change in future. Right now you should use the fuzzy 'country' "Europe" if a release is distributed in a large proportion of the EU countries simultaneously.
Where only a small number of EU countries are covered, for example UK and Ireland, or just the Scandinavian countries, use the previous strategy of simply choosing one representative country.
==Historical Countries==
There is currently no ability to enter the names of historical countries, such as the USSR, as a release country. It has been proposed that we should add the countries from ISO 3166-3 to allow this. A couple of those will be added soon.
We know that this system is not ideal. In the future [[MusicBrainz]] should be able to store Labels, Catalog IDs and other information. But there is other much more pressing stuff for [[Current Work|CurrentWork]], so that this will have to wait a bit. There will be a much more detailed representation of releases in the [[Object Model|ObjectModel]] of [[Nadelnder Bambus|NadelnderBambus]].
[[Category:To Be Reviewed]] [[Category:Proposed Style]]

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