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YouTube is a [video sharing] [website] on which users can upload and share videos. Three former [PayPal] employees created YouTube in February 2005. In November 2006, YouTube, LLC was bought by [Google Inc.] for $1.65 billion, and is now operated as a [subsidiary] of Google. The company is based in [San Bruno, California] , and uses [Adobe Flash Video] technology to display a wide variety of [user-generated] [video] content, including [movie] [clips] , [TV] clips, and [music videos] , as well as amateur content such as [video blogging] and short original videos. Most of the content on YouTube has been uploaded by individuals, although media corporations including CBS, the BBC, [UMG] and other organizations offer some of their material via the site, as part of the YouTube partnership program.

Unregistered users can watch the videos, while registered users are permitted to upload an unlimited number of videos. Videos that are considered to contain potentially offensive content are available only to registered users over the age of 18. The uploading of videos containing [defamation] , [pornography] , [copyright violation] s, and material encouraging criminal conduct is prohibited by YouTube's [terms of service] . The account profiles of registered users are referred to as "channels".

Company history

YouTube was founded by [Chad Hurley] , [Steve Chen] and [Jawed Karim] , who were all early employees of [PayPal] . Hurley studied design at [Indiana University of Pennsylvania] , while Chen and Karim studied [computer science] together at the [University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign] .

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