I'm not sure what you mean by taking the time to record each track, you mean ripping them from the game as opposed to the OST CD or something? There's nothing legal about distributing that either, it's in no way different as far as that goes.
Bottom line is it doesn't matter whatsoever, nobody cares. Soundtracks have very limited pressing and unless it's a huge movie or game, there's very little money for, in this case, Konami or Yamaoka or whoever involved to be made from them. This might be a little oversimplified but the fact that they're released at all is only to please fans, a certain amount of money is invested in it that they'll wanna get back from it and that's that. They're not being made anymore, so they can't make any more than that, it's not like the regular recording industry. Unless they're on iTunes or something, I don't know about that but the fact that there are many many fan sites that offer these soundtracks, including the official ones ripped from the CDs is enough of an indication that Konami doesn't give a rat's ass.
Obviously they've been re-released as a collection not too long ago, but the sheer price of that too tells you it's only for die hard fans. Of course they make an extra buck out of it, but it's entirely negligable compared to the money they make from copies of the actual games sold.
[quote="Devoured"]I'm not sure what you mean by taking the time to record each track, you mean ripping them from the game as opposed to the OST CD or something? There's nothing legal about distributing that either, it's in no way different as far as that goes.
what I meant was that I know of a site where a guy took the time to personally record all of Sh2 soundtrack while the game was playing and extended them to make then loop a little like they do in game anyway he posted all of them to his website for download and he even recorded some that never appeared on the OST
That's what I was talking about as well. It doesn't matter how much time he took to do it, making those files available for download is just as illegal as ripping it from the CD and putting those tracks online.
If they're just now releasing them to iTunes etc they might care now, but they never have before. The majority of SH's prominent fansites has the OSTs and / or fan-compiled unreleased or complete soundtracks available in some form and they've never done a thing about it. Like I said, the release of soundtracks [especially physical] these days is much more fanservice than anything else and they're unlikely to care about any of them bar the most recent one released.