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The YouTube.com domain is registered Feb 2005 .The company was founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim, three former PayPal employees.
April 2005: The first YouTube video is posted called “Me at the Zoo” featuring Karim. October 2005: YouTube is officially incorporated. December 2005: The site is officially launched. July 2006: The first of a flurry of copyright infringement lawsuits is filed by the Los Angeles News Service. October 2006: Google acquires YouTube for $1.65 billion. December 2006: YouTube streams about 100 million videos per day throughout the year.
February 2007: Viacom orders Google to pull approximately 100,000 clips of copyrighted material off YouTube. Google complies. March 2007: Viacom sues Google for copyright infringement and demands $1 billion plus legal fees. May 2007: The English Premiere League heads a class action lawsuit against Google for allowing copyrighted material to be posted on YouTube. June 2007: YouTube launched in 9 countries October 2007: In response to copyright lawsuits, YouTube launches the Video ID tool to check uploaded video against a database of copyrighted content.
December 2007: YouTube grabs 60 per cent of all traffic for video sites throughout the year. July 2008: A US court orders Google to hand over YouTube user information to Viacom during the legal battle. After a backlash from Google and privacy advocates, the habits of users are shared with Viacom, but not their identities. November 2008: An agreement with MGM, Lion’s Gate Entertainment and CBS allows full-length films and programmes to be uploaded on YouTube. December 2008: HD videos launched (720p HD) April 2009: PRS for Music orders music videos to be pulled from YouTube in the UK.
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