Putlocker describes numerous online documents holding index web sites made use of for streaming home entertainment media, especially films and also tv series, free of charge. The initial website came from the UK as early as 2011, and expanded to get countless day-to-day visitors after the closure of Megaupload. In May 2016, the website was obstructed in the UK by a High Court order,  and at its peak before a short-term closure in late 2016, Alexa Net provided Putlocker as ranking among the leading 250 most-visited web sites worldwide. Putlocker has been reported by the Movie Organization of America (MPAA) as a major piracy hazard.
Putlocker's domain address has changed numerous times throughout its background, with a variety of URLs birthing the Putlocker name being put on hold or confiscated. It is not openly well-known whether a main Putlocker website kept by the original group remains readily available online, however at least fifty mirror or proxy websites, a number of which use the Putlocker name, have been determined.
Introduce and popularity
Putlocker came from the UK under the LINK putlocker.com. In early January 2012, the web site obtained regarding 800,000 visitors a day, but after the preferred website Megaupload was shut down as a result of copyright infringement, Putlocker began receiving approximately 1.6 million site visitors a day. The site's procedures police officer, Adrian Petroff, found Megaupload's closure worrying, mentioning "who requires SOPA when a studio officer can make a wish/hit list as well as sites 'willingly' closed down?"
In March 2012, Putlocker was recognized by Alfred Perry, vice president for globally content security at Paramount Photo, as one of the "top 5 rogue cyberlocker solutions". The website's URL was transformed to putlocker.bz, an address which was confiscated by the Police Intellectual Property Criminal Activity Unit of the UK in June 2014, and was subsequently transformed to putlocker.is, a domain situated in Iceland.
From about early October 2016, the putlocker.is address showed an error specifying that the internet site's host service was hard to reach. Around this time, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) reported Putlocker to the Office of the United States Trade Agent as a piracy hazard. The MPAA revealed that Putlocker operated from Vietnam, and that its servers were hosted by the Swiss business Exclusive Layer.
Prior to its closure, putlocker.is was provided among the 250 top web sites around the world as well as the top 150 in the United States, according to Alexa data. A mirror website under the address putlocker.today appeared shortly after the thought discontinuation of putlocker.is, as well as on October 17, 2016, an address under the name putlocker9.com was reported to be offered.
On 2 November 2016, the putlocker.is address became energetic again, redirecting its individuals to the updated URL 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 Entertainment Association, and the URL transferred ownership to EuroDNS.   The chief legal policeman of EuroDNS, Luc Seufer, mentioned that EuroDNS is required to "prevent any 'reactivation' of this domain name [putlockers.ch] until its expiry day". Adhering to the seizure of the putlockers.ch address, the previously made use of putlocker.is domain name was made practical again.
In March 2017, it was reported that Ted Osius, then USA Ambassador to Vietnam, held a meeting with Truong Minh Tuan, Vietnam's Preacher of Info and also Communications, during which Osius prompted for the prosecution of Putlocker, in putlocker 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, a minimum of three working websites 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, and also putlockerhd.is, with an Icelandic one.
In July 2017, the International Business Times reported that "15% of net customers in the UK are either infringing copyright with streaming or illegal downloads, with pirated TV 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 obstruct access to 42 piracy sites in a case brought by Town Roadshow, with Putlocker, KissCartoon, as well as GoMovies being among those gotten to be obstructed.