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Dailymotion logo (2017).svg
Type of businessSubsidiary
Type of site
Video hosting service
Available in149 countries and 183 languages
Founded15 March 2005; 15 years ago (2005-03-15)
140 boulevard Malesherbes - 75017 Paris
Country of originFrance
Area servedWorldwide
Founder(s)Benjamin Bejbaum, Olivier Poitrey
ChairmanMaxime Saada
CEOMaxime Saada
Key peopleBenjamin Bejbaum and Olivier Poitrey, Founders
Maxime Saada, Chairman & CEO
Guillaume Clement, Chief Product & Technology Officer
Bichoï Bastha, Chief Ads Officer
Stephanie Fraise, Chief People Officer
Antoine Banet-Rivet, Head of Communications
Alexa rankDecrease 204 (May 2020)[1]
AdvertisingContextual & video ads
(required to upload/comment)
Launched15 March 2005
Current statusActive
Head office : 140 boulevard Malesherbes in Paris
Head office : 140 boulevard Malesherbes in Paris

Dailymotion is a French video-sharing technology platform primarily owned by Vivendi.[2] North American launch partners included BBC News, VICE, Bloomberg, and Hearst Digital Media.[3] Dailymotion is available worldwide in 25 languages and 43 localised versions featuring local home pages and local content. It has more than 300 million unique monthly users.[4]


Old dailymotion logo from 2005 to 2015
Old dailymotion logo from 2005 to 2015

In March 2005, Benjamin Bejbaum and Olivier Poitrey founded the Dailymotion website from the living room of Poitrey's apartment in Paris. Six individuals pooled together €6,000 (US$9,271) to start the business.[5] In September 2006, Dailymotion raised funds in collaboration with Atlas Ventures and Partech International. They raised 7 million euros which was considered to be the most funds raised in 2006 from the French Web 2.0. In October 2009, the French government invested in Dailymotion through the Strategic Investment Fund. On 25 January 2011, Orange acquired a 49% stake in Dailymotion for €62 million, valuing the company at €120 million.[6]

On 10 January 2013 Orange bought the remaining 51% for €61 million.[7] On or about 2 May 2013, the French government blocked Yahoo's acquisition of a majority stake in Dailymotion.[8]

On 25 February 2014, Orange revealed it was in discussions with Microsoft about a deal that could see Dailymotion extend into the US market. In an interview with a local television station in Barcelona Stéphane Richard, CEO of Orange, said there was "great hope" an agreement would be reached. Any deal would see Orange retain majority ownership of Dailymotion. Richard said his company was in talks with other potential partners as well with a view to expanding Dailymotion's international appeal, but said discussions with others were more in relation to content.[9]

Black Dailymotion logo from 2015 to 2017
Black Dailymotion logo from 2015 to 2017

In 2015, Vivendi purchased an 80% stake in Dailymotion from Orange S. A.[2] Vivendi increased its ownership to 90% that September.[10]

Global locations

The head office is located in the Immeuble Horizons 17 in the 17th arrondissement of Paris.[11][12] It was inaugurated by CBRE Investors. The 10-story building has 6,000 square metres (65,000 sq ft) of space, with 5,000 square metres (54,000 sq ft) occupied by offices.[11] Previously the company was headquartered in the 18th arrondissement.[13] Dailymotion began expanding its physical presence internationally in 2007, when the company opened its office in New York City. Since then, Dailymotion offices have been opened in London (2009), San Francisco (2011), Singapore (2014) and Abidjan (2016).

In 2017, Dailymotion expanded its US presence with the announcement of several key executive appointments, including the addition of Mel Behassa as SVP of Advertising (New York), Claudia Page, VP and Head of Partner Products (New York), and Shana Eddy-Grouf as interim Head of US Content (Los Angeles).[14]

Dailymotion is available in 43 countries and areas including: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom and United States.

Blocking of Dailymotion

Dailymotion was banned in India in May 2012,[15] but in the following month India unblocked access to video- and file-sharing sites including Dailymotion. The Madras High Court changed its earlier order, explaining that only specific URLs carrying illegally copied content should be blocked, not entire websites.[16] Dailymotion was again banned in India in December 2014, due to Government concerns that the site might be hosting videos pertaining to ISIS propaganda.[17] On 31 December, however, Dailymotion was again unblocked in India.[17]

Dailymotion has been banned in Kazakhstan since August 2011.[18]

In 2017, Dailymotion was blocked in Russia for repeated violations of Russian copyright law.[19]

Copyright cases

In June 2007, Dailymotion was found liable for copyright infringement by a Paris High Court. The judges held that Dailymotion is a hosting provider, and not a publisher, but that it must be held liable for copyright infringement, as it was aware of the presence of illegal content on its site. Such illegal content may be copyrighted material uploaded to Dailymotion by Dailymotion users. The Parisian judges held that Dailymotion was aware that illegal videos were put online on its site, and that it must therefore be held liable for the acts of copyright infringement, since it deliberately furnished the users with the means to commit the acts of infringement.[20]

In December 2014, Dailymotion was fined €1.3 million. The Paris Court of Appeal found that the site had infringed the copyright of French television station TF1 and news channel LCI. The court ruled that Dailymotion had failed to take action against users illegally posting TF1 content online.[21]

According to Guillaume Clément, Chief Product & Technology Officer, as of 2017 the company employs a combination of human curation and automated tools to ensure copyright holder rights are protected within the destination, and it is able to remove questionable or illegal content within two hours.[22]

Dailymotion has been permanently blocked in Russia since January 2017, because the Moscow City Court ruled that the site was repeatedly violating Russia's copyright law by providing access to illegal TV content.[23]

See also


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  2. ^ a b Lunden, Ingrid (2015). "Vivendi Buys 80% Of France's Dailymotion, Valuing The YouTube Rival At $295M". TechCrunch. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Dailymotion launches new platform with BBC News, Vice, Cheddar as partners – Found Remote". Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  4. ^ Spangler, Todd (10 April 2017). "Dailymotion Plans Major Relaunch, Focused on Premium Content and Sidelining User Videos". Variety. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  5. ^ Carvajal, Doreen. "Taking on the Godzilla of video-sharing sites. " The New York Times. Friday 21 March 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Confirmed: Orange acquires 49% of DailyMotion for €59 million, rest to follow".
  7. ^ "Orange Acquired Dailymotion For $168 Million By Buying Out Remaining 51% Stake". Tech Crunch. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  8. ^ Petroff, Alanna (2 May 2013). "France blocks Yahoo bid for video site". Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images. CNN. Archived from the original on 31 March 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  9. ^ "Microsoft and Orange in alliance talks over Dailymotion". International Technology. Archived from the original on 6 March 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  10. ^ "Vivendi raises its stake in Dailymotion". Dailymotion Press. Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  11. ^ a b Giusti, Nathalie. "Inauguration du 140 boulevard Malesherbes" (Archive). Le Nouvel Observateur. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2014. "Hier soir s'est tenue l'inauguration de l'immeuble Horizons 17, au 140 boulevard Malesherbes. L'immeuble, entièrement rénové par CBRE Investors et en cours de commercialisation, comporte 6 000 m² au total, dont 5 000 m² de bureaux, le tout réparti sur 10 étages et 3 sous-sols."
  12. ^ "About" (Archive). Dailymotion. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  13. ^ "About us." Dailymotion. Retrieved 5 January 2010. "Registered office: 49/51 rue Ganneron, 75018 Paris."
  14. ^ "Dailymotion Builds Out Senior North American Team Across Advertising, Product & Content Services – Dailymotion Press". Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  15. ^ TNN (18 May 2012). "Video sharing sites blocked on court order". Articles. The Times of India. The Times of India. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  16. ^ "India unblocks The Pirate Bay and other sharing sites". BBC News. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  17. ^ a b Jeff Stone (31 December 2014). "Vimeo, DailyMotion, Pastebin Among Sites Blocked in India For 'Anti-India' Content From ISIS". International Business Times.
  18. ^ "Сокращенное решение Сарыаркинского районного суда города Астаны от 8 августа 2011 года № 2-4780/2011". 11 August 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  19. ^ Kozlov, Vladmir. "Russia Blocks Vivendi's DailyMotion, Citing Copyright Breach". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  20. ^ "DailyMotion: a hosting provider liable for copyright infringement". 18 July 2007. Archived from the original on 3 June 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  21. ^ "Paris court fines Dailymotion €1.3m for copyright infringement". 4 December 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  22. ^ Dreier, Troy (31 October 2017). "Dailymotion Relaunches in the U.S., Emphasizes Premium Video – Streaming Media Magazine". Streaming Media Magazine. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  23. ^ "Russia bans Dailymotion". Broadband TV News. 27 January 2017. Retrieved 14 February 2018.

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