Putlocker describes various online data hosting index websites used for streaming amusement media, particularly films as well as tv series, completely free. The initial site came from the UK as early as 2011, and also grew to receive countless everyday site visitors after the closure of Megaupload. In Might 2016, the web 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 listed 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 hazard.
Putlocker's domain name address has altered several times throughout its history, with a number of Links birthing the Putlocker name being put on hold or seized. It is not publicly recognized whether a main Putlocker site preserved by the original group continues to be available online, yet at least fifty mirror or proxy internet sites, much of which utilize the Putlocker name, have actually been determined.
Introduce and popularity
Putlocker originated in the UK under the LINK putlocker.com. In very early January 2012, the website received concerning 800,000 visitors a day, but after the popular website Megaupload was shut down due to copyright violation, Putlocker began receiving about 1.6 million site visitors a day. The site's procedures police officer, Adrian Petroff, located Megaupload's closure worrying, specifying "that needs SOPA when a studio exec can make a wish/hit checklist and sites 'willingly' shut down?"
In March 2012, Putlocker was recognized by Alfred Perry, vice head of state for globally material security at Paramount Photo, as one of the "leading 5 rogue cyberlocker services". The web site's LINK was altered to putlocker.bz, an address which was seized by the Authorities Intellectual Property Criminal Activity Device of the UK in June 2014, and was consequently transformed to putlocker.is, a domain name situated in Iceland.
From around early October 2016, the putlocker.is address presented a mistake stating that the website'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 operated from Vietnam, and that its servers were hosted by the Swiss firm Exclusive Layer.
Prior to its closure, putlocker.is was noted amongst the 250 leading websites internationally and also the leading 150 in the United States, according to Alexa data. A mirror site under the address putlocker.today appeared soon after the thought discontinuation of putlocker.is, and 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 energetic once again, rerouting its customers 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 Entertainment Association, and the URL transferred ownership to putlockers EuroDNS.   The chief lawful officer of EuroDNS, Luc Seufer, stated 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, after that United States Ambassador to Vietnam, held a meeting with Truong Minh Tuan, Vietnam's Preacher of Information and Communications, during which Osius prompted for the criminal prosecution of Putlocker, along with the sites 123Movies and also KissCartoon, for copyright infringement.
Not long after, putlocker.is, which altered to putlockertv.is and also subsequently putlockers.cc, was reported to redirect visitors to a scamming website.  In Might 2017, at the very least 3 working sites bearing the Putlocker name were understood to be offered: putlocker.rs, with a Serbian high-level domain (TLD), putlockertv.ist, with an Istanbulite TLD, as well as putlockerhd.is, with an Icelandic one.
In July 2017, the International Service Times reported that "15% of net customers in the UK are either infringing copyright through streaming or prohibited downloads, with pirated TELEVISION product mostly accessed with Kodi (16%) or Putlocker (17%)". In August 2017, Justice John Nicholas of the Federal Court of Australia bought Australian access provider to obstruct access to 42 piracy sites in a situation brought by Village Roadshow, with Putlocker, KissCartoon, and GoMovies being amongst those purchased to be blocked.