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Youku (simplified Chinese: Template:Linktext; traditional Chinese: Template:Linktext; pinyin: Template:Linktext; literally "excellent (and) cool"), is a video sharing site based in the People's Republic of China.
|Slogan||"The World is Watching"|
|Type of site||Video sharing|
|Registration||Optional (required to upload videos)|
|Created by||Victor Koo|
|Launched||December 21, 2006|
Youku was created by Victor Koo, the former President of Sohu. A beta version was launched in June 2006, and the website was formally launched in December 2006. In 2007, the company received $25 million in funding from venture capitalists. Youku.com ranked #1 in Chinese video sharing sector by China Internet Society, iResearch and Baidu User Index. In 2008, Youku teamed up with Myspace in China. Later that year, Youku became the sole online video provider embedded in the China Edition of popular web browser Mozilla Firefox. Youku has worked with Linkool International, Youku, Baidu, and Sina Music, and has an iPhone application.
Youku permits users to upload videos regardless of their length and currently has over 161 million videos. Youku has partnered with a number of TV stations, film and TV production companies in China that regularly upload media content on the site. According to a Compete.com survey, the site attracted at least 6.5 million visitors in 2008.
Youku's video library includes many full length, popular films and TV episodes from the West. Viewers from around the world can see these films on Youku for free, though often with Chinese subtitles. Other popular sites such as Youtube cannot display this content because of copyright restrictions, but these laws either do not exist in China or are poorly enforced, enabling Youku to broadcast copyrighted content from their website without license.
Youku is growing in popularity with the foreign population of China as well because of the Golden Shield Project currently blocking YouTube.
Some Youku videos are now unavailable to US viewers..
Youku has been harshly criticized by internet users for significantly under par video streaming speed. Most internet watchdog groups criticized the site for intense censorship activities corroborating with the national Propaganda Department as well as the department's Communist Party counterpart.