Putlocker describes numerous online data holding index internet sites used for streaming amusement media, particularly movies and also tv series, completely free. The first website originated in the United Kingdom as early as 2011, as well as grew to obtain countless day-to-day 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 height before a short-lived closure in late 2016, Alexa Net listed Putlocker as ranking among the leading 250 most-visited internet sites worldwide. Putlocker has been reported by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) as a major piracy risk.
Putlocker's domain name address has actually transformed numerous times throughout its background, with a variety of Links birthing the Putlocker name being suspended or seized. It is not openly recognized whether an official Putlocker site preserved by the original group continues to be offered online, however a minimum of fifty mirror or proxy web sites, much of which utilize the Putlocker name, have been determined.
Introduce and appeal
Putlocker came from the United Kingdom under the URL putlocker.com. In very early January 2012, the web site got about 800,000 site visitors a day, however after the popular website Megaupload was closed down because of copyright infringement, Putlocker started getting approximately 1.6 million site visitors a day. The web site's operations police officer, Adrian Petroff, discovered Megaupload's closure worrying, specifying "who requires SOPA when a studio director can make a wish/hit listing and sites 'voluntarily' closed down?"
In March 2012, Putlocker was identified by Alfred Perry, vice head of state for worldwide web content security at Paramount Photo, as one of the "top 5 rogue cyberlocker solutions". The site's LINK was changed to putlocker.bz, an address which was confiscated by the Police Copyright Crime Device of the UK in June 2014, and was consequently changed to putlocker.is, a domain situated in putlockers Iceland.
From around very early October 2016, the putlocker.is address displayed a mistake stating that the site's host solution was inaccessible. Around this time around, the Movie Association of America (MPAA) reported Putlocker to the Office of the USA Profession Representative as a piracy danger. The MPAA disclosed that Putlocker operated from Vietnam, and that its servers were hosted by the Swiss firm Private Layer.
Prior to its closure, putlocker.is was provided amongst the 250 leading sites worldwide as well as the leading 150 in the USA, according to Alexa information. A mirror site under the address putlocker.today appeared soon after the presumed 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 became active once again, rerouting its individuals 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 URL transferred ownership to EuroDNS.   The chief legal officer of EuroDNS, Luc Seufer, stated that EuroDNS is required to "stop any 'reactivation' of this domain name [putlockers.ch] up until its expiration date". Following the seizure of the putlockers.ch address, the previously used putlocker.is domain was made functional once more.
In March 2017, it was reported that Ted Osius, after that USA Ambassador to Vietnam, held a conference with Truong Minh Tuan, Vietnam's Priest of Info as well as Communications, during which Osius urged for the prosecution of Putlocker, in addition to the web sites 123Movies as well as KissCartoon, for copyright infringement.
Not long after, putlocker.is, which changed to putlockertv.is and subsequently putlockers.cc, was reported to reroute site visitors to a scamming site.  In May 2017, at the very least 3 working sites birthing the Putlocker name were understood 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 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 obstructed.