Not all videos on YouTube are free. User-generated content is generally free to watch, but there is a fee to watch some videos on the website; many movies and television shows can be streamed on the site for a price.
As of August 2015, YouTube's most popular videos are made up of music videos from around the world and a handful of viral videos, such as the "Charlie Bit My Finger - Again!" video. The most popular video on YouTube is the "Gangnam Style" music video that was uploaded by Psy on July 15, 2012. As of
Using media content that is protected by a copyright and hosting it on a personal website is considered copyright infringement and may be subject to fines. Embedding media content, such as YouTube videos that are protected by a copyright, is not considered a copyright violation.
YouTube offers a selection of free music that can be added to any videos uploaded to the service without risk of copyright violation or additional cost. Other free music can be found through royalty-free music websites such as the Free Music Archive or on music creation services such as SoundCloud.
To search for videos on YouTube, enter the desired search terms in the search box at the top of the home page, YouTube.com, and press Enter or click the magnifying glass button next to the search box. YouTube displays the matching video results immediately.
In terms of views, the most well-known YouTube videos include Psy's “Gangnam Style,” Justin Bieber's “Baby,” Jennifer Lopez's “On The Floor” and Taylor Swift's “Blank Space,” as of July 2015. View counts on YouTube change daily.
As of August 2015, hot videos on YouTube include "Gangnam Style," by Psy, "Blank Space," by Taylor Swift and "Roar," by Katy Perry. These are three of the most popular YouTube videos.
YouTube is the largest online video sharing platform. Users create accounts and upload videos. Most of the content is free; however, there are channels that charge a fee for streaming movies and showing live events.
Users may download their own videos by accessing the Video Manager section of their YouTube account. It is a violation of YouTube's terms of service to download a video or audio file of a video that doesn't belong to the user.
There are various tools available on YouTube to edit videos, using either Video Editor or Video Manager. The uploaded video can have its appearance, length and sound changed.