But a follow up question:
Let's discuss the Vengeance single I uploaded in Poisonoise a while ago, and was subsequently posted (by someone) on the Bounded By Metal blog for the whole world to hear: Do you think my posting of the single will prevent any label from re-releasing it in the future?
People who are really into such obscure stuff usually don't compromise with mp3s when and if that stuff is officially out. People who buy the things they really like, they will definitely buy it if it is rereleased.
It also depends on what the labels mean when they say it won't sell well because of the circulation of mp3s. If someone is planning to release 5000 copies of that Vengeance single and 300 people buy in the end, obviously it won't have sold very well. You gotta be realistic about the # of copies you will press each time and you gotta know to which people you are aiming at.
On the other hand I'm wondering...labels often claim they are hesitating to release obscure stuff because it is already circulating on the internet. But almost every time I see something obscure being rereleased it is almost always after
someone has uploaded it on the internet. I have been compiling a want-to-hear list of obscure LPs/EPs/7s/demos over the years, none of that stuff has been uploaded yet and I don't have how most of them would sound like but I suspect that some will be right up my alley. Problem is that I haven't seen any of them being rereleased by some label until now, except maybe on 2-3 cases, mostly stuff from Arkeyn Steel which I instantly bought when they were out. I mean, I was searching BLIND ASSASSIN's demo for quite a long time when it was finally ripped and uploaded by someone few months ago and from what I've read so far, most people liked it. Wouldnt it be a bit weird if you saw a label now at this point coming and saying that 'we already knew BLIND ASSASSIN and they were great but now that it is uploaded we don't want to rick a rerelease", I mean if you already knew about it and knew it was cool and great why hadn't you release it before? What were you waiting for? My example is random of course and I'm just describing how I see the situation, but generally I have a feeling that it's some of those illiegal rips and uploads that sometimes times kickstart the whole thing of official releases which most label owners, just like the majority of the fan base, hadn't heard/heard of before.