Putlocker describes various online data organizing index internet sites made use of for streaming home entertainment media, especially films and television collection, for free. The first internet site came from the UK as early as 2011, and expanded to get millions of day-to-day visitors after the closure of Megaupload. In May 2016, the internet site was blocked in the UK by a High Court order,  and also at its height prior to a momentary closure in late 2016, Alexa Internet noted Putlocker as ranking amongst the leading 250 most-visited websites worldwide. Putlocker has been reported by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) as a major piracy danger.
Putlocker's domain address has changed numerous times throughout its background, with a variety of Links bearing the Putlocker name being put on hold or seized. It is not openly well-known whether a main Putlocker site preserved by the original team continues to be readily available online, but at least fifty mirror or proxy websites, many of which use the Putlocker name, have actually been determined.
Launch and appeal
Putlocker originated in the United Kingdom under the LINK putlocker.com. In early January 2012, the internet site received about 800,000 visitors a day, however after the popular internet site Megaupload was closed down as a result of copyright infringement, Putlocker started getting roughly 1.6 million site visitors a day. The website's operations officer, Adrian Petroff, located Megaupload's closure fretting, specifying "who requires SOPA when a workshop officer can make a wish/hit listing and websites 'willingly' shut down?"
In March 2012, Putlocker was determined by Alfred Perry, vice head of state for worldwide web content protection at Paramount Pictures, as one of the "top 5 rogue cyberlocker solutions". The internet site's LINK was transformed to putlocker.bz, an address which was seized by the Police Intellectual Property Criminal Offense Device of the UK in June 2014, and also was consequently changed to putlocker.is, a domain name located in Iceland.
From about very early October 2016, the putlocker.is address displayed a mistake mentioning that the internet site's host solution was unattainable. Around this time around, the Movie Association of America (MPAA) reported Putlocker to the Workplace of the United States Trade Representative as a piracy risk. The MPAA exposed that Putlocker operated from Vietnam, which its servers were hosted by the Swiss business Exclusive Layer.
Before its closure, putlocker.is was noted amongst the 250 top internet sites internationally as well as the top 150 in the USA, according to Alexa data. A mirror website under the address putlocker.today appeared soon after the assumed discontinuation of putlocker.is, and also on October 17, 2016, an address under the name putlocker9.com was reported to be available.
On 2 November 2016, the putlocker.is address came to be energetic again, redirecting its individuals to the upgraded URL putlockers.ch. On 27 February 2017, the putlockers.ch address was suspended after a judgment by a Tribunal d'arrondissement of Luxembourg in favour of the Belgian Amusement Association, and the URL moved ownership to EuroDNS.   The primary legal policeman of EuroDNS, Luc Seufer, mentioned that EuroDNS is needed to "prevent any kind of 'resurgence' of this domain name [putlockers.ch] until its expiry day". Adhering to the seizure of the putlockers.ch address, the previously utilized putlocker.is domain name was made functional once more.
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 Priest of Info and also Communications, throughout which Osius prompted for the prosecution of Putlocker, in addition to the websites 123Movies and KissCartoon, for copyright infringement.
Not long after, putlocker.is, which transformed to putlockertv.is and consequently putlockers.cc, was reported to redirect visitors to a scamming site.  In Might 2017, at the very least 3 functioning websites bearing the Putlocker name were understood to be available: 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 web individuals in the UK are either infringing copyright through streaming or prohibited downloads, with pirated TELEVISION material putlocker largely accessed via Kodi (16%) or Putlocker (17%)". In August 2017, Justice John Nicholas of the Federal Court of Australia purchased Australian internet service providers to block accessibility to 42 piracy websites in a situation brought by Village Roadshow, with Putlocker, KissCartoon, as well as GoMovies being amongst those ordered to be blocked.