Putlocker describes different online file holding index websites utilized for streaming entertainment media, specifically films and also television collection, for free. The preliminary web site came from the UK as early as 2011, and also expanded to receive millions of daily visitors after the shutdown of Megaupload. In May 2016, the site was blocked in the UK by a High Court order,  as well as at its height before a momentary closure in late 2016, Alexa Net detailed Putlocker as ranking amongst the leading 250 most-visited internet sites worldwide. Putlocker has actually been reported by the Movie Association of America (MPAA) as a major piracy risk.
Putlocker's domain address has transformed numerous times throughout its background, with a variety of URLs bearing the Putlocker name being suspended or confiscated. It is not openly recognized whether an official Putlocker site maintained by the original 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.
Launch and appeal
Putlocker originated in 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 infringement, Putlocker started receiving approximately 1.6 million site visitors a day. The internet site's procedures officer, Adrian Petroff, located Megaupload's closure stressing, stating "that requires SOPA when a studio exec can make a wish/hit checklist and websites 'voluntarily' closed down?"
In March 2012, Putlocker was determined by Alfred Perry, vice head of state for around the world content protection at Paramount Photo, as one of the "leading 5 rogue cyberlocker solutions". The internet site's URL was transformed to putlocker.bz, an address which was taken by the Police Copyright Crime System of the UK in June 2014, and was consequently transformed to putlocker.is, a domain situated in Iceland.
From around very early October 2016, the putlocker.is address displayed an error mentioning that the website's host service was hard to reach. Around this time, the Motion Picture Organization of America (MPAA) putlocker reported Putlocker to the Workplace of the United States Trade Agent as a piracy threat. The MPAA revealed that Putlocker operated from Vietnam, which its web servers were hosted by the Swiss company Personal Layer.
Before its closure, putlocker.is was detailed among the 250 top web sites around the world and the top 150 in the United States, according to Alexa data. A mirror site under the address putlocker.today appeared quickly after the presumed discontinuation of putlocker.is, as well as on October 17, 2016, an address under the name putlocker9.com was reported to be available.
On 2 November 2016, the putlocker.is address ended up being active once more, rerouting its customers to the upgraded LINK putlockers.ch. On 27 February 2017, the putlockers.ch address was suspended after a ruling by a Tribunal d'arrondissement of Luxembourg in favour of the Belgian Home Entertainment Association, as well as the URL moved ownership to EuroDNS.   The chief lawful police officer of EuroDNS, Luc Seufer, stated that EuroDNS is called for to "protect against any kind of 'awakening' of this domain [putlockers.ch] until its expiration day". Following the seizure of the putlockers.ch address, the previously utilized putlocker.is domain name was made practical once more.
In March 2017, it was reported that Ted Osius, then United States Ambassador to Vietnam, held a meeting with Truong Minh Tuan, Vietnam's Preacher of Information and also Communications, during which Osius urged for the prosecution of Putlocker, in addition to the internet sites 123Movies and also KissCartoon, for copyright violation.
Not long after, putlocker.is, which altered to putlockertv.is as well as subsequently putlockers.cc, was reported to redirect site visitors to a scamming website.  In May 2017, at least 3 functioning sites bearing the Putlocker name were recognized to be offered: putlocker.rs, with a Serbian top-level domain (TLD), putlockertv.ist, with an Istanbulite TLD, and also putlockerhd.is, with an Icelandic one.
In July 2017, the International Service Times reported that "15% of web users in the UK are either infringing copyright via streaming or unlawful 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 block access to 42 piracy websites in a case brought by Town Roadshow, with Putlocker, KissCartoon, as well as GoMovies being among those bought to be blocked.