This follows on from an older thread on Live Bootlegs, but I’m creating a new thread because I wanted to address one specific issue. In between the world of “official” and “bootleg” there exists a category of recorded performances by “taper friendly” artists. The defining characteristics of these are:
- They’re not distributed by the artist or their label
- The artists either explicitly or tacitly allow the recording and distribution
- The releases are not commercially available; they are traded among collectors
Because of the first point, they don’t qualify as “official”. The second point distinguishes them from “bootlegs” which are by definition unauthorized. The third point is useful information if I find a release that I’d like to have, so I know not to look for it in a store but rather to go to a trading hub like etree.org.
As a new release type I would propose either “traded” or simply “noncommercial”.