People talk about the film and music industry (dinosaurs) unable to adapt to the way things are now. Unfortunately, to adapt means doing things that seem wrong to us.
The old proverb "if you can't beat them, join them" works perfectly here. Your listeners love your music so much that they spend the time to build videos and share them with the world. If that isn't passion, I don't know what is. Treat it as word of mouth promotion, which IMO is the best kind.Chris
mentioned the human connection between artist and listener. I completely agree! Post something in the comments section. Make it known that you're aware what's happening. If it's not already in the info of the video, post links to purchase the music.
Yes yes, technically what they're doing is illegal, but if the big boys can't stop it, how can we expect to win?
The ultimate option is to beat them to the punch. Upload the music yourself and tag the shit out of it. Get listeners hitting your
page instead of some random listener. Build a YouTube audience and show that you're not afraid to share an entire album. Be sure to remind them that if they enjoy the music, they can support you by purchasing it.
. . . I fully expect to get some negative reactions to this post.