Putlocker describes various online documents hosting index internet sites used for streaming amusement media, particularly films as well as tv collection, totally free. The preliminary internet site came from the UK as early as 2011, and grew to get millions of daily visitors after the shutdown of Megaupload. In May 2016, the web site was blocked in the UK by a High Court order,  and at its peak prior to a short-term 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 Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) as a major piracy threat.
Putlocker's domain name address has actually changed numerous times throughout its background, with a number of Links bearing the Putlocker name being put on hold or confiscated. It is not openly well-known whether a main Putlocker web site preserved by the original team continues to be readily available online, yet a minimum of fifty mirror or proxy sites, a number of which utilize the Putlocker name, have been recognized.
Release as well as popularity
Putlocker came from the United Kingdom under the URL putlocker.com. In very early January 2012, the web site received about 800,000 site visitors a day, yet after the preferred website Megaupload was closed down as a result of copyright infringement, Putlocker started receiving around 1.6 million visitors a day. The internet site's operations police officer, Adrian Petroff, found Megaupload's closure worrying, stating "that requires SOPA when a studio exec can make a wish/hit listing as well as sites 'willingly' shut down?"
In March 2012, Putlocker was recognized by Alfred Perry, vice president for globally material protection at Paramount Photo, as one of the "leading 5 rogue cyberlocker services". The website's URL was transformed 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 situated in Iceland.
From around very early October 2016, the putlocker.is address showed a mistake stating that the internet site's host service was unattainable. Around this time, the Motion Picture Organization of America (MPAA) reported Putlocker to the Workplace of the United States Profession Rep as a piracy risk. The MPAA revealed that Putlocker ran from Vietnam, which its servers were hosted by the Swiss business Exclusive Layer.
Before its closure, putlocker.is was noted among the 250 leading internet sites internationally as well as the leading 150 in the United States, according to Alexa data. A mirror site under the address putlocker.today showed up quickly after the assumed discontinuation of putlocker.is, and 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, redirecting its customers 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 Enjoyment Association, as well as the URL transferred possession to EuroDNS.   The primary lawful police officer of EuroDNS, Luc Seufer, specified that EuroDNS is called for to "stop any 'resurgence' of this domain [putlockers.ch] up until its expiration day". Adhering to the seizure of the putlockers.ch address, the formerly made use of putlocker.is domain name was made practical once again.
In March 2017, it was reported that Ted Osius, after that United States Ambassador to Vietnam, held a meeting with Truong Minh Tuan, Vietnam's Minister of Information and Communications, throughout which Osius prompted for the prosecution of Putlocker, along with the websites 123Movies and KissCartoon, for copyright infringement.
Not long after, putlocker.is, which changed to putlockertv.is and subsequently putlockers.cc, was reported to redirect visitors to a scamming site.  In Might 2017, at least three working sites birthing 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 putlocker pirated TV product mostly accessed with Kodi (16%) or Putlocker (17%)". In August 2017, Justice John Nicholas of the Federal Court of Australia ordered Australian access provider to block access to 42 piracy websites in a case brought by Town Roadshow, with Putlocker, KissCartoon, as well as GoMovies being among those bought to be blocked.