Putlocker refers to various online documents hosting index internet sites used for streaming enjoyment media, specifically films and television collection, free of cost. The first website originated in the United Kingdom as early as 2011, and grew to receive countless day-to-day site visitors after the closure of Megaupload. In Might 2016, the internet site was obstructed in the UK by a High Court order,  and also at its optimal before a temporary closure in late 2016, Alexa Internet noted Putlocker as ranking among the top 250 most-visited websites worldwide. Putlocker has been reported by the Movie Organization of America (MPAA) as a significant piracy danger.
Putlocker's domain name address has changed multiple times throughout its history, with a variety of Links birthing the Putlocker name being suspended or seized. It is not publicly well-known whether a main Putlocker web site preserved by the original team continues to be readily available online, yet a minimum of fifty mirror or proxy sites, a number of which use the Putlocker name, have actually been recognized.
Introduce as well as popularity
Putlocker came from the United Kingdom under the URL putlocker.com. In very early January 2012, the web site received concerning 800,000 site visitors a day, but after the preferred web site Megaupload was shut down due to copyright violation, Putlocker began obtaining around 1.6 million visitors a day. The internet site's operations officer, Adrian Petroff, located Megaupload's closure worrying, mentioning "who requires SOPA when a studio director can make a wish/hit listing and websites 'willingly' shut down?"
In March 2012, Putlocker was identified by Alfred Perry, vice head of state for worldwide material protection at Paramount Pictures, as one of the "leading 5 rogue cyberlocker services". The internet site's URL was altered to putlocker.bz, an address which was seized by the Authorities Copyright Criminal Offense Device of the UK in June 2014, and was ultimately changed 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) reported Putlocker to the Workplace of the United States Trade Agent as a piracy threat. The MPAA revealed that Putlocker ran 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 sites around the world and the top 150 in the United States, according to Alexa information. A mirror website under the address putlocker.today showed up quickly after the assumed termination of putlocker.is, as well as on October 17, 2016, an address under the name putlocker9.com was reported to be offered.
On 2 November 2016, the putlocker.is address came to be energetic again, redirecting its users to the updated URL 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 putlocker Belgian Home Entertainment Organization, as well as the LINK moved possession to EuroDNS.   The primary lawful police officer of EuroDNS, Luc Seufer, mentioned that EuroDNS is called for to "prevent any 'reactivation' of this domain name [putlockers.ch] till its expiry day". Adhering to the seizure of the putlockers.ch address, the formerly utilized putlocker.is domain was made practical once again.
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 Details and also Communications, throughout which Osius advised for the criminal prosecution of Putlocker, along with the websites 123Movies and KissCartoon, for copyright infringement.
Not long after, putlocker.is, which transformed to putlockertv.is as well as consequently putlockers.cc, was reported to redirect visitors to a scamming website.  In May 2017, at least three functioning sites bearing the Putlocker name were recognized to be offered: 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 Service Times reported that "15% of internet users in the UK are either infringing copyright via streaming or unlawful downloads, with pirated TV product 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 an instance brought by Village Roadshow, with Putlocker, KissCartoon, as well as GoMovies being amongst those purchased to be obstructed.