Putlocker refers to various online data organizing index web sites made use of for streaming entertainment media, especially movies and also tv series, free of charge. The preliminary web site came from the UK as early as 2011, and also expanded to obtain 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 top prior to a momentary closure in late 2016, Alexa Web provided Putlocker as ranking among the top 250 most-visited sites worldwide. Putlocker has been reported by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) as a major piracy threat.
Putlocker's domain name address has actually transformed several times throughout its background, with a number of URLs bearing the Putlocker name being put on hold or confiscated. It is not openly recognized whether an official Putlocker internet site maintained by the original group continues to be readily available online, but at least fifty mirror or proxy internet sites, most of which utilize the Putlocker name, have been determined.
Launch and also appeal
Putlocker originated in the United Kingdom under the LINK putlocker.com. In early January 2012, the website received concerning 800,000 site visitors a day, but after the preferred web site Megaupload was shut down due to copyright violation, Putlocker began receiving about 1.6 million visitors a day. The website's procedures policeman, Adrian Petroff, found Megaupload's closure stressing, specifying "that needs SOPA when a workshop officer can make a wish/hit list and also sites 'willingly' shut down?"
In March 2012, Putlocker was recognized by Alfred Perry, vice president for globally material defense at Paramount Photo, as one of the "top 5 rogue cyberlocker solutions". The web site's URL was transformed to putlocker.bz, an address which was seized by the Authorities Intellectual Property Criminal Offense Device of the UK in June 2014, and also was consequently altered to putlocker.is, a domain name situated in Iceland.
From around very early October 2016, the putlocker.is address showed a mistake mentioning that the internet site's host service was hard to reach. Around this time, the Movie Organization of America (MPAA) reported Putlocker to the Office of the United States Profession Rep as a piracy risk. The MPAA disclosed that Putlocker ran from Vietnam, and that its servers were hosted by the Swiss firm Exclusive Layer.
Prior to its closure, putlocker.is was provided amongst the 250 top websites globally and the top 150 in the USA, according to Alexa information. A mirror website under the address putlocker.today appeared quickly after the assumed termination of putlocker.is, and also 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 again, rerouting its individuals to the updated 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, and also the URL transferred ownership to EuroDNS.   The chief lawful policeman of EuroDNS, Luc Seufer, mentioned that EuroDNS is required to "protect against any kind of 'awakening' of this putlocker domain [putlockers.ch] till its expiry day". Adhering to 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, then United States Ambassador to Vietnam, held a conference with Truong Minh Tuan, Vietnam's Minister of Details and also Communications, throughout which Osius urged for the prosecution of Putlocker, in addition to the sites 123Movies and also KissCartoon, for copyright infringement.
Not long after, putlocker.is, which changed to putlockertv.is and also ultimately putlockers.cc, was reported to redirect site visitors to a scamming site.  In Might 2017, a minimum of three working websites bearing the Putlocker name were known to be offered: putlocker.rs, with a Serbian top-level domain name (TLD), putlockertv.ist, with an Istanbulite TLD, as well as putlockerhd.is, with an Icelandic one.
In July 2017, the International Business Times reported that "15% of internet users in the UK are either infringing copyright through streaming or prohibited downloads, with pirated TV material mainly accessed through Kodi (16%) or Putlocker (17%)". In August 2017, Justice John Nicholas of the Federal Court of Australia got Australian access provider to block accessibility to 42 piracy sites in a case brought by Town Roadshow, with Putlocker, KissCartoon, and GoMovies being amongst those purchased to be blocked.