[Editor's Note: Robin Davey is the guitarist for local band Well Hung Heart. He and his wife/bandmate Greta Valenti recently reached out to the Weekly to alert us to an unfortunate situation involving online streaming of their music. We decided to let Davey say his piece and use WHH's situation as a cautionary tale.]
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By: Robin Davey
With the recent furor around Taylor Swift's decision to remove her music from Spotify, all eyes are on music streaming and its many pros and cons.
YouTube is often sited as the main place for people to stream music, and also used as an argument in favor of Spotify due to Spotify's system at least paying artist royalties per play, though minuscule in many people's opinion, and it also being a dedicated music platform.
A recent Google alert for my band Well Hung Heart bought up a link to a page hosted by YouTube called "Well Hung Heart - Topic" and on this page was a complete stream of our debut album - with auto-generated album art and title for the video. Each song comes complete with advertising placed on each video, yet we had nothing to do with this being on YouTube.