Putlocker refers to different online data holding index internet sites used for streaming enjoyment media, especially movies and also tv series, for free. The initial 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 website was blocked in the UK by a High Court order,  and also at its peak prior to a short-term closure in late 2016, Alexa Web provided Putlocker as ranking among the top 250 most-visited web sites worldwide. Putlocker has been reported by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) as a major piracy risk.
Putlocker's domain address has changed numerous times throughout its background, with a variety of Links bearing 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.
Launch and popularity
Putlocker came from the United Kingdom under the URL putlocker.com. In very early January 2012, the 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 fretting, stating "that needs SOPA when a workshop exec can make a wish/hit listing and websites 'voluntarily' closed down?"
In March 2012, Putlocker was identified by Alfred Perry, vice head of state for worldwide web content protection at Paramount Photo, as one of the "top 5 rogue cyberlocker services". The internet site's URL was transformed to putlocker.bz, an address which was seized by the Cops Intellectual Property Criminal Activity Unit of the UK in June 2014, as well as was subsequently altered to putlocker.is, a domain name located in Iceland.
From about early October 2016, the putlocker.is address showed a mistake stating that the site's host solution was inaccessible. Around this time around, the Movie Organization of America putlockers (MPAA) reported Putlocker to the Office of the United States Profession Rep as a piracy threat. The MPAA exposed that Putlocker ran from Vietnam, which its web servers were hosted by the Swiss company Personal Layer.
Before its closure, putlocker.is was detailed amongst the 250 top sites around the world and the top 150 in the United States, according to Alexa data. A mirror site under the address putlocker.today showed up quickly 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 Amusement Association, and the LINK moved possession to EuroDNS.   The primary lawful police officer of EuroDNS, Luc Seufer, mentioned that EuroDNS is called for to "protect against any kind of 'awakening' of this domain [putlockers.ch] till its expiry day". Complying with 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 Minister of Information and Communications, throughout which Osius prompted for the prosecution of Putlocker, together with the sites 123Movies and KissCartoon, for copyright infringement.
Not long after, putlocker.is, which transformed to putlockertv.is and also ultimately putlockers.cc, was reported to redirect visitors to a scamming website.  In Might 2017, at least 3 functioning sites birthing the Putlocker name were recognized 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 Company Times reported that "15% of internet customers in the UK are either infringing copyright with streaming or illegal downloads, with pirated TELEVISION product primarily accessed via Kodi (16%) or Putlocker (17%)". In August 2017, Justice John Nicholas of the Federal Court of Australia bought Australian internet service providers to obstruct access to 42 piracy websites in a situation brought by Village Roadshow, with Putlocker, KissCartoon, and also GoMovies being among those gotten to be obstructed.