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February 2, 2009
Citing "the simple and possibly self-defeating notion" to post their products online as free downloads, the operators of the fledgling label of the same name have opened the TEAM LOVE LIBRARY, a collection of "an endless abundance of MP3s" that is open to the public during all hours for free downloading.

In the age of free or pay-your-conscience releases offered by artists as large as Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails, this announcement is hardly groundbreaking. But it is a fresh take on logistical battles between file sharing and artist livelihood, and a continuation of one label's longtime plan. In the front office of Team Love, which was co-founded by indie child star Conor Oberst, there remained that original idea to post free music, the seed for what they saw in 2003 as "a good detour around the wreckage of the music industry and a way to avoid getting bogged down in the number one topic of discussion and distraction: piracy, illegal downloads, P2P networks and so on."

"Five years later and the debate still drones in the background, and we've decided to reshape our policy in a different direction," the label said of the year-end launch of the Library. According to the announcement, "each month (or so)" the downloads on offer will be rotated between selections, "featuring different Team Love albums as well as exclusive content such as unreleased songs, live or remixed versions of TL favorites."

Although it works like the traditional stuffy book repository, the label's library dispenses with the harsh discipline and regulation. As they explain, "anything you take from the library is yours to keep. You will not be notified if you fail to return something on time, and you will not lose your library privileges if you share selections with friends."

To begin checking out titles from the label's stacks, simply head over to the circulation desk and sign up for a library card.

SEE ALSO: www.team-love.com

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Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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