Putlocker describes numerous online file organizing index sites made use of for streaming enjoyment media, particularly films and also tv series, completely free. The first website originated in the United Kingdom as early as 2011, as well as expanded to obtain millions of daily 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 Web listed 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 significant piracy hazard.
Putlocker's domain name address has actually changed numerous times throughout its history, with a number of URLs bearing the Putlocker name being suspended or seized. It is not openly known whether an official Putlocker web site preserved by the initial team remains offered online, however at the very least fifty mirror or proxy web sites, many of which utilize the Putlocker name, have been identified.
Release and appeal
Putlocker came from the UK under the LINK putlocker.com. In early January 2012, the website obtained about 800,000 visitors a day, however after the popular internet site Megaupload was closed down due to copyright infringement, Putlocker began obtaining about 1.6 million site visitors a day. The web site's operations police officer, Adrian Petroff, found Megaupload's closure fretting, stating "who requires SOPA when a studio director can make a wish/hit list and also sites 'willingly' shut down?"
In March 2012, Putlocker was identified by Alfred Perry, vice president for worldwide material defense at Paramount Pictures, as one of the "leading 5 rogue cyberlocker services". The site's URL was altered to putlocker.bz, an address which was taken by the Cops Intellectual Property Criminal Activity System of the UK in June 2014, and also was consequently transformed to putlocker.is, a domain name located in Iceland.
From around very early October 2016, the putlocker.is address presented a mistake specifying that the site's host service was unattainable. Around this time around, the Movie Organization of America (MPAA) reported Putlocker to the Workplace of the USA Profession Representative as a piracy risk. The MPAA revealed that Putlocker ran from Vietnam, which its web servers were hosted by the Swiss business Exclusive Layer.
Before its closure, putlocker.is was noted amongst the 250 top internet sites around the world and the leading 150 in the United States, according to Alexa information. A mirror website under the address putlocker.today showed up shortly after the assumed termination of putlocker.is, as well as on October 17, 2016, an address under the name putlocker9.com was reported to be readily available.
On 2 November 2016, the putlocker.is address became active again, redirecting its individuals to the upgraded LINK 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 Entertainment Association, and the URL transferred ownership putlockers to EuroDNS.   The primary legal policeman of EuroDNS, Luc Seufer, mentioned that EuroDNS is needed to "prevent any type of 'awakening' of this domain [putlockers.ch] until its expiration day". Adhering to the seizure of the putlockers.ch address, the previously utilized putlocker.is domain was made useful again.
In March 2017, it was reported that Ted Osius, then United States Ambassador to Vietnam, held a conference with Truong Minh Tuan, Vietnam's Minister of Information and also Communications, during which Osius advised for the criminal prosecution of Putlocker, along with the websites 123Movies and also KissCartoon, for copyright violation.
Not long after, putlocker.is, which changed to putlockertv.is and ultimately putlockers.cc, was reported to redirect visitors to a scamming website.  In Might 2017, a minimum of three functioning sites bearing the Putlocker name were recognized to be offered: putlocker.rs, with a Serbian top-level domain (TLD), putlockertv.ist, with an Istanbulite TLD, and also putlockerhd.is, with an Icelandic one.
In July 2017, the International Service Times reported that "15% of web users in the UK are either infringing copyright via streaming or unlawful downloads, with pirated TV product mostly 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 situation brought by Village Roadshow, with Putlocker, KissCartoon, and also GoMovies being among those ordered to be obstructed.