Putlocker refers to various online file hosting index internet sites used for streaming home entertainment media, specifically movies and television series, free of cost. The first site originated in the UK as early as 2011, as well as expanded to obtain millions of everyday visitors after the closure of Megaupload. In Might 2016, the website was blocked in the UK by a High Court order,  and at its peak prior to a temporary closure in late 2016, Alexa Web provided Putlocker as ranking amongst the leading 250 most-visited web sites worldwide. Putlocker has actually been reported by the Movie Organization of America (MPAA) as a significant piracy hazard.
Putlocker's domain name address has actually altered several times throughout its history, with a number of URLs birthing the Putlocker name being put on hold or taken. It is not publicly known whether an official Putlocker website kept by the initial team remains available online, yet at the very least fifty mirror or proxy web sites, many of which make use of the Putlocker name, have been determined.
Launch and appeal
Putlocker originated in the United Kingdom under the URL putlocker.com. In very early January 2012, the site received about 800,000 site visitors a day, however after the popular internet site Megaupload was closed down as a result of copyright violation, Putlocker started getting roughly 1.6 million site visitors a day. The internet site's operations officer, Adrian Petroff, discovered Megaupload's closure fretting, mentioning "that requires SOPA when a workshop exec can make a wish/hit listing as well as websites 'willingly' closed down?"
In March 2012, Putlocker was identified by Alfred Perry, vice head of state for globally web content security at Paramount Photo, as one of the "top 5 rogue cyberlocker services". The site's LINK was changed to putlocker.bz, an address which was seized by the Authorities Intellectual Property Criminal Activity System of the UK in June 2014, as well as was consequently changed to putlocker.is, a domain name located in Iceland.
From about early October 2016, the putlocker.is address displayed an error stating that the internet site's host solution was unattainable. Around this time, the Motion Picture Organization of America (MPAA) reported Putlocker to the Workplace of the United States Trade Representative as a piracy threat. The MPAA exposed that Putlocker ran from Vietnam, and that its web servers were hosted by the Swiss business Personal Layer.
Before its closure, putlocker.is was detailed among the 250 top internet sites worldwide and also the leading 150 in the USA, according to Alexa data. A mirror site under the address putlocker.today appeared shortly 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 came to be active once more, rerouting its individuals to the upgraded URL 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, and the URL moved ownership to EuroDNS.   The chief legal police officer of EuroDNS, Luc Seufer, stated that EuroDNS is needed to "protect against any kind of 'resurgence' of this domain [putlockers.ch] until its expiry day". Following the seizure of the putlockers.ch address, the previously utilized putlocker.is domain name was made useful 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 and Communications, during which Osius advised for the prosecution of Putlocker, together with the sites 123Movies as well as KissCartoon, for copyright infringement.
Not long after, putlocker.is, which transformed to putlockertv.is and also subsequently putlockers.cc, was reported to reroute site visitors to a scamming website.  In May 2017, at the very least 3 functioning websites bearing the Putlocker name were understood to be offered: putlocker.rs, with a Serbian top-level domain (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 web individuals in the UK are either infringing copyright with streaming or prohibited downloads, with pirated TELEVISION product mainly accessed with Kodi (16%) or Putlocker (17%)". In August 2017, Justice John Nicholas of the Federal putlockers Court of Australia purchased Australian internet service providers to obstruct access to 42 piracy websites in a situation brought by Village Roadshow, with Putlocker, KissCartoon, and GoMovies being amongst those purchased to be obstructed.