Putlocker describes numerous online data hosting index websites utilized for streaming entertainment media, especially movies and television collection, free of charge. The initial site came from the UK as early as 2011, and grew to get millions of day-to-day visitors after the closure of Megaupload. In Might 2016, the website was blocked in the UK by a High Court order,  and at its optimal before a short-lived closure in late 2016, Alexa Web provided Putlocker as ranking among the top 250 most-visited sites worldwide. Putlocker has actually been reported by the Motion Picture Organization of America (MPAA) as a major piracy hazard.
Putlocker's domain name address has changed multiple times throughout its history, with a variety of Links bearing the Putlocker name being suspended or taken. It is not publicly known whether an official Putlocker website maintained by the initial group stays offered online, but at least fifty mirror or proxy websites, many of which make use of the Putlocker name, have actually been determined.
Introduce and appeal
Putlocker came from the United Kingdom under the LINK putlocker.com. In very early January 2012, the site received concerning 800,000 visitors a day, but after the preferred web site Megaupload was shut down as a result of copyright violation, Putlocker began obtaining around 1.6 million visitors a day. The internet site's operations officer, Adrian Petroff, discovered Megaupload's closure worrying, mentioning "who requires SOPA when a studio director can make a wish/hit listing and websites 'voluntarily' closed down?"
In March 2012, Putlocker was identified by Alfred Perry, vice head of state for worldwide web content protection at Paramount Photo, as one of the "top 5 rogue cyberlocker solutions". The website's LINK was changed to putlocker.bz, an address which was taken by the Cops Intellectual Property Criminal Activity System of the UK in June 2014, and also was consequently transformed to putlocker.is, a domain located in Iceland.
From around early October 2016, the putlocker.is address presented an error specifying that the internet site's host service was hard to reach. Around this time, the Motion Picture Organization of America (MPAA) reported Putlocker to the Workplace of the United States Trade Agent as a piracy hazard. The MPAA revealed that Putlocker operated from Vietnam, which its web servers were hosted by the Swiss company Private Layer.
Before its closure, putlocker.is was detailed among the 250 top sites around the world and the top 150 in the United States, according to Alexa data. A mirror site under the address putlocker.today showed up quickly after the thought discontinuation of putlocker.is, and on October 17, 2016, an address under the name putlocker9.com was reported to be offered.
On 2 November 2016, the putlocker.is address ended up being energetic once more, rerouting its customers to the upgraded LINK putlockers.ch. On 27 February 2017, the putlockers.ch address was put on hold after a ruling by a Tribunal d'arrondissement of Luxembourg in favour of the Belgian Home Entertainment Association, as well as the URL transferred possession to EuroDNS.   The chief lawful officer of EuroDNS, Luc Seufer, specified that EuroDNS is called for to "prevent any type of 'resurgence' of this domain [putlockers.ch] till its expiration date". Following the seizure of the putlockers.ch address, the previously utilized putlocker.is domain name was made practical once again.
In March 2017, it was reported that Ted Osius, after that United States Ambassador to Vietnam, held a meeting with Truong Minh Tuan, Vietnam's Minister of Info and also Communications, during which Osius advised for the prosecution of Putlocker, along with the websites 123Movies and also KissCartoon, for copyright violation.
Not long after, putlocker.is, which changed to putlockertv.is and also subsequently putlockers.cc, was reported to redirect visitors to a scamming site.  In May 2017, at the very least three functioning sites bearing the Putlocker name were recognized to be readily available: putlocker.rs, with a Serbian top-level domain name (TLD), putlockertv.ist, with an Istanbulite TLD, and also putlockerhd.is, with an Icelandic one.
In July 2017, the International Company Times reported that "15% of internet users putlockers in the UK are either infringing copyright through streaming or illegal downloads, with pirated TELEVISION material mainly accessed via Kodi (16%) or Putlocker (17%)". In August 2017, Justice John Nicholas of the Federal Court of Australia bought Australian access provider to block access to 42 piracy websites in a situation brought by Town Roadshow, with Putlocker, KissCartoon, as well as GoMovies being among those ordered to be obstructed.