Putlocker refers to various online data holding index web sites made use of for streaming entertainment media, especially films and also tv series, for free. The first site came from the United Kingdom as early as 2011, and expanded to get millions of day-to-day visitors after the shutdown of Megaupload. In Might 2016, the site was obstructed in the UK by a High Court order,  and at its optimal prior to a temporary closure in late 2016, Alexa Internet provided Putlocker as ranking among the top 250 most-visited sites worldwide. Putlocker has been reported by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) as a major piracy danger.
Putlocker's domain address has actually transformed numerous times throughout its background, with a variety of URLs birthing the Putlocker name being put on hold or taken. It is not publicly known whether an official Putlocker site kept by the original group continues to be offered online, yet at the very least fifty mirror or proxy web sites, a lot of which utilize the Putlocker name, have been recognized.
Launch and appeal
Putlocker originated in the UK under the LINK putlocker.com. In early January 2012, the internet site obtained regarding 800,000 visitors a day, yet after the popular site Megaupload was shut down because of copyright infringement, Putlocker began obtaining roughly 1.6 million visitors a day. The site's operations officer, Adrian Petroff, found Megaupload's closure stressing, stating "who needs SOPA when a workshop officer can make a wish/hit list and also sites 'willingly' shut down?"
In March 2012, Putlocker was recognized by Alfred Perry, vice president for globally material defense at Paramount Pictures, as one of the "top 5 rogue cyberlocker services". The website's LINK was changed to putlocker.bz, an address which was confiscated by the Police Copyright Crime System of the UK in June 2014, and was consequently transformed to putlocker.is, a domain situated in Iceland.
From around early October 2016, the putlocker.is address presented an error specifying that the internet site's host service was unattainable. Around this moment, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) reported Putlocker to the Workplace of the USA Trade Agent as a piracy risk. The MPAA exposed that Putlocker ran from Vietnam, and that its putlocker web servers were hosted by the Swiss company Private Layer.
Before its closure, putlocker.is was noted amongst the 250 top web sites globally as well as the top 150 in the USA, according to Alexa data. A mirror website under the address putlocker.today appeared soon after the presumed discontinuation of putlocker.is, and 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 ended up being energetic again, redirecting its customers to the updated 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 Home Entertainment Organization, as well as the LINK transferred ownership to EuroDNS.   The chief lawful officer of EuroDNS, Luc Seufer, stated that EuroDNS is needed to "prevent any type of 'reactivation' of this domain [putlockers.ch] until its expiration date". Adhering to the seizure of the putlockers.ch address, the formerly made use of putlocker.is domain was made useful once again.
In March 2017, it was reported that Ted Osius, then USA Ambassador to Vietnam, held a meeting with Truong Minh Tuan, Vietnam's Priest of Details and Communications, during which Osius prompted for the prosecution of Putlocker, along with the web sites 123Movies and KissCartoon, for copyright infringement.
Not long after, putlocker.is, which changed to putlockertv.is as well as consequently putlockers.cc, was reported to redirect site visitors to a scamming site.  In May 2017, at least three working sites birthing the Putlocker name were known to be available: putlocker.rs, with a Serbian high-level domain (TLD), putlockertv.ist, with an Istanbulite TLD, and also putlockerhd.is, with an Icelandic one.
In July 2017, the International Organisation Times reported that "15% of net users in the UK are either infringing copyright via streaming or prohibited downloads, with pirated TELEVISION material mainly accessed with Kodi (16%) or Putlocker (17%)". In August 2017, Justice John Nicholas of the Federal Court of Australia purchased Australian access provider to block accessibility to 42 piracy websites in an instance brought by Village Roadshow, with Putlocker, KissCartoon, and GoMovies being among those ordered to be obstructed.