Putlocker describes various online data holding index internet sites used for streaming enjoyment media, particularly movies as well as television collection, free of cost. The first web site originated in the UK as early as 2011, and also expanded to receive numerous day-to-day visitors after the closure of Megaupload. In Might 2016, the web site was blocked in the UK by a High Court order,  and also at its optimal prior to a temporary closure in late 2016, Alexa Web listed Putlocker as ranking amongst the top 250 most-visited web sites worldwide. Putlocker has actually been reported by the Movie Association of America (MPAA) as a significant piracy hazard.
Putlocker's domain name address has actually altered multiple times throughout its background, with a number of URLs birthing the Putlocker name being suspended or seized. It is not publicly recognized whether a main Putlocker internet site maintained by the original group continues to be available online, however at the very least fifty mirror or proxy sites, most of which use the Putlocker name, have been identified.
Launch and popularity
Putlocker came from the UK under the LINK putlocker.com. In early January 2012, the web site obtained about 800,000 site visitors a day, however after the prominent website Megaupload was closed down due to copyright infringement, Putlocker started obtaining around 1.6 million visitors a day. The website's procedures officer, Adrian Petroff, found Megaupload's closure worrying, mentioning "who requires SOPA when a workshop director can make a wish/hit checklist and websites 'willingly' shut down?"
In March 2012, Putlocker was identified by Alfred Perry, vice head of state for around the world content security at Paramount Pictures, as one of the "top 5 rogue cyberlocker solutions". The site's URL was changed to putlocker.bz, an address which was confiscated by the Authorities Intellectual Property Crime Unit of the UK in June 2014, as well as was ultimately altered to putlocker.is, a domain situated in Iceland.
From around early October 2016, the putlocker.is address presented an error specifying that the website's host service was inaccessible. Around this time around, the Movie Organization of America (MPAA) reported Putlocker to the Workplace of the USA Profession Agent as a piracy hazard. The MPAA disclosed that Putlocker ran from Vietnam, and that its web servers were hosted by the Swiss firm Exclusive Layer.
Before its closure, putlocker.is was detailed amongst the 250 leading internet sites worldwide and the leading 150 in the USA, according to Alexa data. A mirror website under the address putlocker.today showed up soon after the presumed termination of putlocker.is, and on October 17, 2016, an address under the name putlocker9.com was reported to be available.
On 2 November 2016, the putlocker.is address came to be energetic once again, redirecting its users to the upgraded URL putlockers.ch. On 27 February 2017, the putlockers.ch address was suspended after a judgment by a Tribunal d'arrondissement of Luxembourg in favour of the Belgian Home Entertainment Association, and also the URL moved ownership to EuroDNS.   The primary lawful police officer of EuroDNS, Luc Seufer, specified that EuroDNS is required to "avoid any kind of 'reactivation' of this domain name [putlockers.ch] until its expiration date". Following the seizure of the putlockers.ch address, the previously utilized putlocker.is domain name was made functional once again.
In March 2017, it was reported that Ted Osius, after that United States Ambassador to Vietnam, held a conference with Truong Minh Tuan, Vietnam's Minister of Information and Communications, throughout which Osius advised for the criminal prosecution of Putlocker, together with the websites 123Movies and KissCartoon, for copyright violation.
Not long after, putlocker.is, which changed to putlockertv.is as putlocker well as consequently putlockers.cc, was reported to redirect visitors to a scamming website.  In May 2017, at the very least three working sites birthing the Putlocker name were understood to be readily available: putlocker.rs, with a Serbian high-level domain (TLD), putlockertv.ist, with an Istanbulite TLD, and putlockerhd.is, with an Icelandic one.
In July 2017, the International Company Times reported that "15% of internet customers in the UK are either infringing copyright with streaming or prohibited downloads, with pirated TV material largely accessed through Kodi (16%) or Putlocker (17%)". In August 2017, Justice John Nicholas of the Federal Court of Australia ordered Australian internet service providers to block accessibility to 42 piracy websites in a case brought by Village Roadshow, with Putlocker, KissCartoon, and GoMovies being among those purchased to be blocked.