Whether software file sharing is legal or not, they have remained rather controversial. Most people believe, the software violates copyright laws but this software continues to be used today. First and foremost, file sharing is not illegal in any part of the world. You have to understand that the technologies behind file sharing are legal. It’s the content of the data that may be illegal. Never ever share data that has been copyrighted, that’s definitely illegal and you are taking away the rights of the owner. Always make sure you are fully aware of what you are sharing and that you have the right to distribute the data. Here I will discuss a very popular, free and what they call a “legal file sharing software.”
YouTube is as file-sharing software that allows you to view, share and upload videos. It was created in February 2005 by three former PayPal employees.
The YouTube Company is based in California, and it uses HTML5 and Adobe flash technology to display a wide variety of user-generated video content. Videos can be movie, TV clips, music videos, vlogs and many more. Registered users can upload an unlimited number of videos according to their wish and unregistered users can view videos. Some videos are available only to registered users that are 18 years or above.
Playback and Uploads
Although YouTube requires the Adobe Flash Player plug-in, YouTube launched an experimental version of the site in January 2010 which was for browsers that support the HTML5 standard. This means that videos can be viewed without the need for Adobe Flash Player or any other plug-in but not all videos could be displayed. Users of YouTube can upload videos that are up to 15 minutes in duration. Those users who have a good track record with the site's Community Guidelines can be allowed to upload videos of unlimited length. Sometimes this requires account verification that’s normally done through a mobile phone. All the videos on YouTube use progressive scanning formats.
YouTube videos vary in different quality levels. These quality levels are standard quality (SQ), high quality (HQ) and high definition (HD). In 2009, a YouTube software engineer Peter Bradshaw announced that 3D videos can be uploaded and then viewed accordingly using the cyan/red lens method.
YouTube gives users the ability to view certain videos on web pages that are not on the YouTube site. This allows embedded YouTube videos to be played in social networking sites like Facebook and blogs.
It is also possible to access YouTube videos latest smart phones. A YouTube mobile was also launched in June 2007, but not all of YouTube's videos are available on the mobile version of the website.
YouTube can also be viewed on PlayStation 3 and Wii video game consoles. It is also available for the Xbox Live.
Another remarkable feature is the interface of the YouTube website. It is available in 51 different language versions for the ease of users that are not very familiar with English.
Tips and Comments
These and many other features of YouTube have made it a remarkable file-sharing website especially amongst the youngsters today. Not only is it very easy to use but videos on almost anything are available at a touch of a button.
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