Putlocker describes various online data holding index web sites used for streaming home entertainment media, especially films and also tv series, for free. The preliminary internet site originated in the United Kingdom as early as 2011, as well as expanded to get numerous everyday site 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 temporary closure in late 2016, Alexa Web provided Putlocker as ranking among the top 250 most-visited web sites worldwide. Putlocker has actually been reported by the Movie Organization of America (MPAA) as a significant piracy danger.
Putlocker's domain name address has actually transformed several times throughout its history, with a number of Links bearing the Putlocker name being suspended or taken. It is not openly well-known whether a main Putlocker internet site kept by the initial team remains offered online, yet a minimum of fifty mirror or proxy web sites, many of which make use of the Putlocker name, have actually been determined.
Launch and popularity
Putlocker came from the UK under the URL putlocker.com. In very early January 2012, the website received concerning 800,000 visitors a day, however after the prominent site Megaupload was shut down as a result of copyright infringement, Putlocker began getting around 1.6 million visitors a day. The website's procedures officer, Adrian Petroff, located Megaupload's closure fretting, specifying "that requires SOPA when a studio director can make a wish/hit listing and also websites 'voluntarily' closed down?"
In March 2012, Putlocker was recognized by Alfred Perry, vice head of state for around the world material security at Paramount Photo, as one of the "top 5 rogue cyberlocker solutions". The website's LINK was transformed to putlocker.bz, an address which was seized by the Authorities Copyright Crime System of the UK in June 2014, as well as was subsequently changed to putlocker.is, a domain situated in Iceland.
From about early October 2016, the putlocker.is address showed a mistake specifying that the internet site's host service was hard to reach. Around this moment, the Movie Association of America (MPAA) reported Putlocker to the Workplace of the USA Trade Agent as a piracy danger. The MPAA exposed that Putlocker operated from Vietnam, which its web servers were hosted by the Swiss company Personal Layer.
Before its closure, putlocker.is was listed among the 250 top internet sites globally as well as the leading 150 in the USA, according to Alexa information. A mirror site under the address putlocker.today showed up shortly after the thought discontinuation of putlocker.is, and also on October 17, 2016, an address under the name putlocker9.com was reported to be readily available.
On 2 November 2016, the putlocker.is address became energetic again, redirecting its users to the upgraded LINK putlockers.ch. On 27 February 2017, the putlockers.ch address was put on hold after a judgment by a Tribunal d'arrondissement of Luxembourg in favour of the Belgian Home Entertainment Association, and also the URL transferred ownership to EuroDNS.   The chief lawful police officer of EuroDNS, Luc Seufer, mentioned that EuroDNS is called for to "protect against any kind of 'reactivation' of this domain [putlockers.ch] till its expiry day". Adhering to the seizure of the putlockers.ch address, the formerly made use of putlocker.is domain name was made useful 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 Preacher of Information as well as Communications, during which Osius advised for the prosecution of Putlocker, in addition to the web sites 123Movies and KissCartoon, for copyright violation.
Not long after, putlocker.is, which changed to putlockertv.is and ultimately putlockers.cc, was reported to reroute site visitors to a scamming website.  In May 2017, putlocker at least three functioning websites bearing the Putlocker name were known to be offered: putlocker.rs, with a Serbian high-level domain (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 customers in the UK are either infringing copyright through streaming or prohibited downloads, with pirated TV product mostly accessed with Kodi (16%) or Putlocker (17%)". In August 2017, Justice John Nicholas of the Federal Court of Australia ordered Australian access provider to obstruct access to 42 piracy websites in a case brought by Town Roadshow, with Putlocker, KissCartoon, and also GoMovies being among those ordered to be obstructed.