YouTube Movies are widely available for viewing on YouTube.com. While blockbusters and recent movies are generally not available due to licensing restrictions, a wide range of amateur videos by individuals are available, and there are even some movies on Youtube from licensed studio.
The site has added a new section for full-length movies that is separated by type. Genres of films on YouTube include action and adventure, family, science fiction, romance, comedy, sports and documentaries. By clicking the All Categories button, you can filter the movies on the site by these genres. You can also filter by New Releases, Collections and Free Movies. New and upcoming movies also release trailers for viewing on YouTube.c
YouTube was founded in February 2005 by Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. It is the largest online video community on the Internet. Users can create free accounts and upload their own videos and clips for viewing by the public. People often upload entire films as well as original movies and documentaries, as well. They can also select certain videos as favorites and subscribe to particular channels, which are specific content sections created by other subscribers.c Initially an independent company, YouTube was bought by the Internet company Google on October 9, 2006 for $1.65 billion in stock.c
Since its launch, YouTube's reach has expanded globally. It is available in 19 countries, including Hong Kong, Italy, the United Kingdom and Canada. The site can also be viewed in 12 languages.c On average, 20 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.c A recent estimate of YouTube users exceeded 450 million.c
In July 2010, the company announced the launch of YouTube LeanBack, which allows the user to view and search videos with only the arrow and enter keys on the computer keyboard.c This service will be available on televisions.
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YouTube and Copyright
Copyrighted movies are not allowed to be posted to YouTube without an agreement from the distributor or creator. According to the copyright policy, the site works to "cooperate with copyright holders to identify and promptly remove any infringing content."c Some movies from the large movie studios have been uploaded to YouTube with permission. The site has reached agreements with a few distribution companies to air full-length movies. Other films can be rented and viewed on a computer for prices ranging from 99 cents to $2.99.c
Short clips of many copyrighted movies have also been uploaded to YouTube but may not infringe on the right of the creators. These can often be viewed by searching for the film title or star in the search box. In this situations, the number of stars in the rating can be a guide as to which clips are actually from the movie. Some users upload clips that purport to be a new or copyrighted movie but are actually still shots with links to pirated sites, so use caution when browsing for recent and licensed films.
Select from your favorite genres. As you can see here, YouTube offers for viewing full-length and feature-length movies like Supersize Me as well as dolphin documentaries.