FilesTube

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FilesTube
Filestube current logo.gif
Web address FilesTube.to
Slogan Download everything!
Type of site Metasearch engine
Available in Chinese, English, French, German, Polish, Russian, Spanish
Owner Red-Sky Sp. z.o.o.
Launched June 2007[1]
Alexa rank negative increase 37,996 (April 2014)[2]

FilesTube is a metasearch engine established in 2007, specializing in searching files in various file sharing and uploading services, such as Mega.[3] It also includes sections for videos, games, lyrics and software.[4][5] It is owned by Polish company Red-Sky.[6]

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The old logo of FilesTube, showing a very close resemblance to YouTube's logo.

The name and logo of the website are in the style of the video-sharing website YouTube. While the old logo looked almost identical to the YouTube logo (with "Files" replacing "You" and the logo color being blue), slight changes have been made to the current logo.

Reception[edit]

Donnie Jenkins of Chattanooga Times Free Press called the website "a dedicated search site to find downloadable files such as audio, video and documents".[7]

Copyright infringement and blocking[edit]

FilesTube says it removes copyrighted content from its search results on request.[8] However, it has been blocked by court order or government action in multiple countries:

Accounts[edit]

FilesTube can be accessed and used by anyone. However, there are some features of FilesTube that require an account to use. When creating an account, FilesTube requires the user's email address and a unique username and password.[12]

Automatically collected information[edit]

When visiting FilesTube, whether the user is a registered FilesTube user or not, FilesTube will automatically log data related to the visit: the connecting IP address, browser type, software used, the webpage visited prior to visiting FilesTube, the requested FilesTube pages, access times, dates and other figures.

According to the site's privacy policy[13] this information is used for observation and examination of how the site was utilized and what services were also present, to develop the progression of the site's functionality and user-friendliness, to provide a more personal experience for the user's necessities, and to confirm that the users of FilesTube meet the criteria necessary to process their requests.

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