Putlocker describes numerous online data holding index web sites made use of for streaming home entertainment media, especially films and television collection, completely free. The first web site originated in the UK as early as 2011, and also expanded to get 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,  and also at its optimal before a temporary closure in late 2016, Alexa Net listed Putlocker as ranking amongst the leading 250 most-visited web sites worldwide. Putlocker has been reported by the Motion Picture Organization of America (MPAA) as a major piracy threat.
Putlocker's domain address has actually transformed multiple times throughout its history, with a variety of Links bearing the Putlocker name being suspended or confiscated. It is not publicly recognized whether a main Putlocker internet site maintained by the initial group stays offered online, but at least fifty mirror or proxy websites, a number of which utilize the Putlocker name, have been identified.
Launch and appeal
Putlocker originated in the United Kingdom under the LINK putlocker.com. In very early January 2012, the site got regarding 800,000 visitors a day, but after the prominent web site Megaupload was closed down due to copyright violation, Putlocker began getting around 1.6 million site visitors a day. The internet site's procedures police officer, Adrian Petroff, located Megaupload's closure worrying, stating "who needs SOPA when a studio exec can make a wish/hit list and also websites 'willingly' shut down?"
In March 2012, Putlocker was determined by Alfred Perry, vice president for worldwide content protection at Paramount Photo, as one of the "leading 5 rogue cyberlocker services". The site's URL was changed to putlocker.bz, an address which was confiscated by the Cops Copyright Criminal Offense Unit of the UK in June 2014, and was ultimately altered to putlocker.is, a domain situated in Iceland.
From about early October 2016, the putlocker.is address presented an error specifying that the site's host solution was unattainable. Around this time, the Motion Picture Organization of America (MPAA) reported Putlocker to the Workplace of the USA Profession Representative as a piracy hazard. The MPAA exposed that Putlocker ran from Vietnam, and that its servers were hosted by the Swiss firm Exclusive Layer.
Before its closure, putlocker.is was listed amongst the 250 top websites worldwide and the leading 150 in the United States, according to Alexa data. A mirror website under the address putlocker.today showed up quickly after the presumed termination of putlocker.is, and also 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 active once more, redirecting its users to the updated 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 Home Entertainment Association, as well as the URL moved possession to EuroDNS.   The primary lawful officer of EuroDNS, Luc Seufer, mentioned that EuroDNS is required to "avoid any type of 'resurgence' of this domain [putlockers.ch] up until its expiry day". Adhering to the seizure of the putlockers.ch address, the formerly used putlocker.is domain name was made useful again.
In March 2017, it was reported that Ted Osius, then USA Ambassador to Vietnam, held a conference with Truong Minh Tuan, Vietnam's Preacher of Details and also Communications, throughout which Osius advised for the criminal prosecution of Putlocker, together with the web sites 123Movies as well as KissCartoon, for copyright infringement.
Not long after, putlocker.is, which changed to putlockertv.is and also ultimately putlockers.cc, was reported to reroute site visitors to a scamming site.  In Might 2017, at the very least three working putlocker websites bearing the Putlocker name were known to be readily available: 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 TV material largely accessed with Kodi (16%) or Putlocker (17%)". In August 2017, Justice John Nicholas of the Federal Court of Australia ordered Australian access provider to obstruct access to 42 piracy websites in an instance brought by Village Roadshow, with Putlocker, KissCartoon, as well as GoMovies being amongst those purchased to be obstructed.