Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim launched YouTube in 2005, and it has since become the most popular video-sharing website. YouTube, which was acquired by Google in 2006, allows individuals to share videos or watch videos uploaded and shared by others. Supported by Adobe Flash, a plug-in for web browsers, YouTube makes millions of videos immediately available and accessible to Internet users. YouTube also has introduced features for social networking such as subscriptions, comments, groups, and links to social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Myspace. This entry describes how people use YouTube, copyright issues involving the platform, and the rules surrounding content creators receiving advertising revenue from the platform.

On YouTube, anyone can share nearly any type of personal or professional videos, ...

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