US synth pop duo Cause and Effect has been one of my favorite bands for the past 10 years (more and less) and the other day I sent them a message asking if it was OK to post a few of the band's songs in the blog. The first reason for asking was (the obvious) that I'd really like to introduce this brilliant but almost unknown band to a string of new people. The second reason was that I realized that it's no longer possible to buy any of the band's three albums (unless you want a 2nd hand copy). So by posting it wouldn't really be like I was violating any copy rights, but I still thought I should ask. So I did and I expected my chances of getting permission were pretty good, because posting a few songs wouldn't exactly be as if I was stealing the food from their mouths. The band quickly replied and this is the answer I received:
"If we had the option to sell the BMG/Zoo albums we would... Unfortunately, we don't own the rights or have permission to release those albums... Will they (BMG) ever re-release them? I wish I knew.. I've tried to contact them several times over the last few years and was told that our back catalog in the process of being re-released digitally through iTunes and other services, but we're still waiting.. Anyway, it's completely out of our hands..."
I guess you can say that the matter is undecided? So what do you think? Should I just post a few tracks, because it seems to me that those who own the rights to the albums don't really care?
It's possible to stream 4 tracks from the band's 1990 self-titled debut album (re-released as Another Minute in 1991/1992) here, but unfortunately the downloads aren't working.