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#2 Posted on 20.5.06 0010.00 Reposted on: 20.5.13 0010.17
They aren't totally legal, but a lot of them are actually encouraged by the labels. They seem them as a free way of getting singles by new bands out to a huge audience, and in return for that, they mostly look the other way when the blogs distribute works by bigger artists.
It's a gray area, but one that's been a very good marketing solution for labels -- especially smaller labels.