I'm planning on starting a video sharing website kind of like these: Break Liveleak Worldstarhiphop Etc My question is- where do these websites host the videos? on their own server? I'm pretty sure youtube is self hosted but what about the others? Do they use some kind of 3rd party service like brightcove.com? I know that there are certain loopholes around legal issues since the content is uploaded by the users and not the site owner. Does that mean I can self-host all my videos as long as I have a solid disclaimer and email address for DCMA requests? Anyone have any tips or experience to share? PS - I have a custom HTML/PHP WSHH clone theme I can share for free if there's any interest.