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Anyone with a modicum of technical skills can host a PeerTube server, aka an instance. Each instance hosts its users and their videos. In this way, <strong>every instance is created, moderated and maintained independently by various administrators.</strong>
Being free doesn't mean being above the law! Each PeerTube hosting provider can decide on its own general conditions of use, abiding by their local laws.
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If you would like to interact with videos (like, comment, download...), subscribe to channels, create playlists or play videos, then all you have to do is <strong>create an account on the PeerTube instance of your choice.</strong>
Illustrations from <a target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://framatube.org/videos/watch/9c9de5e8-0a1e-484a-b099-e80766180a6d">What is PeerTube video</a>, created by <a target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://libreart.info/">LILA</a> - <a target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://film.zemarmot.net/">ZeMarmot Team</a>
In this way, when you watch a video, your computer contributes to its broadcast. If a lot of people are watching the same video at the same time, their browser automatically send smalls pieces of the video to the other viewers. <strong>The server resources are not over-exploited</strong>: the stream is split, the network optimized.
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Is PeerTube's purpose to replace YouTube?
It might not look like it, but thanks to peer-to-peer broadcasting, popular video makers and their videos are no longer forced to be hosted by big companies, whose infrastructure can stand thousands of views at the same time... or to pay for a robust but extremely expensive independent video host.
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