I Read your post and a few pages from this thread. Maybe my thoughts have already been discussed, but I just wanted to post anyways.
I definitely feel bad that the album has been leaked and I would honestly be frustrated in the same way you are because nobody should be denied the income from the products of their labor. So I totally agree!
I just wanted to say that this is an extremely complicated issue and that file sharing and copying cannot simply be viewed as harmful.
I know for a fact that without mp3, bittorrent and sites like last.fm, that I would likely never have heard of yourself, Shpongle, or Young Brother. It’s a true shame, because I live in a large city in Canada and f*cked if I can find any trance besides the most mainstream stuff! So mp3 and file sharing must be highly praised for their promotional ability and product delivery ability.
From the other perspective these technologies make it extremely easy for people to anonymously take your product and not deliver payment in return.
The record companies have basically f*cked themselves by using government enforced copyright and claiming it’s their god given right to fine and jail anyone who copies a cd, or movie all while failing to compete in the market place by updating their product delivery methods to high quality, virus free, digital downloads! Because they are dependent on their crooked methods they will fail and I won’t lose sleep over that. Unfortunately they’ve ruined it for smaller companies like yours! I don’t think any artist should suffer, but that’s what’s happened and now people have been trained to think that downloading for free is acceptable. It’s all a huge mess!
In my opinion the way to correct things is to embrace the technology and reverse peoples attitudes towards free music. If I owned a record label I would take a look at what the big companies are doing wrong (relying on fines and jail time rather than compete and win people over legitimately). I would give the consumer what they obviously demand (extreme convenience and superior quality). I would step up my game and offer the consumer more choices and reason to pay for my product. I would start offering not only mp3 downloads, but higher quality lossless audio like FLAC alongside hard copy cds. I’d setup a download site with high bandwidth, high quality, affordable downloads. Include the artwork, lyrics, etc. Perhaps a set price per song or per album is an outdated system? Maybe the downloads should be free, maybe they should be 50 cents a song. I don’t know, but if it were myself I would have no problem paying 15 - 20 US per album because it’s more of a donation anyways to support your cause. The real true fans would perhaps even subscribe to a monthly donation system and in return you could offer whatever you like (songs, videos, magazines, ringtones, or nothing!)
Well like I said, those are my thoughts, which maybe have already been thoroughly discussed and debated. I think all of your music is brilliant. In fact I am a metal fan at heart and your music turned me on to this genre! Please keep making awesome music and don’t let the state of the music industry ruin it for you completely.