What Does “FREEWEB” Mean?

Posted on November 18, 2013. Filed under: Definitions | Tags: , , |

The tag “FREEWEB” is used on MP3 scene releases. It is added to the release directory name when the music is freely downloadable from the internet. The tag was first used by the warez group KPS (kilocycles per second) on February 22, 2010. This is a piece of that NFO file: Desert_Planet-Mortal_Kombo-READ_NFO-FREEWEB-2010-KPS_INT


You are surely asking yourself: “WTF? Why are these
jerks preing free-from-web stuff?”

Well, let us explain, there are a few reasons:
– The stuff is only available as a free download.
– Possibly better quality than an existing release (e.g.
a vinyl-rip).
– Making good stuff available to you or poiting you in
the direction of some good stuff.

Therefore KPS is proud to present:
– The FREEWEB-Tag –
The current Official MP3 Release Rules do not provide a
possibility to tag releases like these. Therefore we’d
like to establish a
foundation to get those free-from-web releases pred

Here are some regulations on how to employ the
1. Only releases with the MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3 (MP3) are
to be tagged with the FREEWEB-tag.
2. Regarding encoding quality, we pre the mp3 files as
we got them from web. This means that we do not set any
restrictions regarding
the bitrates. Even if the quality should be below 192
kbit CBR.
3. The NFO has to include the URL to the homepage where
the files came from.
4. Multiples encoders are allowed (cf. rule 2).

The group k4 wrote the following in their first freeweb release (VA-Ich_Danketsu_A_Megapeng_Compilation-FREEWEB-2011-k4_int):

Within our first releases we want to provide you, the outside world, with some
information about us, k4. We are a group composed of music addicts who are not
bounded to any musical genre. In connection with our free spirit we do not care
too much about so-called “scene standards” especially the new proofing
requirements. Nonetheless we want to release our stuff in compliance with the
existing council rules.
If there is a release not fully matching those requirements, we will tag it as
an internal release, e.g. if the music is available for free from web. We hope
you will enjoy another great musical trip with our releases.
For any questions climb up mountain k4. We will wait there for you.

Because FREEWEB releases are banned within the current MP3 ruleset, most are released as an internal release. Some groups tried to release them as a regular MP3 release, but got nuked for it. Official_MP3_Release_Rules_3.0-2011-MP3COUNCIL:

[WEB] – audio files legally available on the net and not free
dirtag needed: -WEB-

NUKED: free.from.web/oneNET

NUKED: freeweb.not.allowed_not.purchased.from.a.legitimate.webshop/LocalNet

Currently (November 2013) there are more than 600 FREEWEB releases, released by 21 groups:

  • BF4E_INT
  • D2H_INT, D2H
  • FaiLED_INT
  • iDiB_iNT
  • iWR_INT
  • k4_int, k3_int
  • KLIN
  • m00f_int
  • MuSiKa_INT
  • NMNL_iNT
  • TAiPx_iNT
  • XTC_iNT
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