Putlocker describes different online documents holding index websites utilized for streaming amusement media, particularly films as well as tv collection, for free. The initial site came from the UK as early as 2011, and also expanded to obtain numerous daily visitors after the shutdown of Megaupload. In May 2016, the website was blocked in the UK by a High Court order,  and at its top prior to a short-term closure in late 2016, Alexa Web 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 threat.
Putlocker's domain name address has actually transformed several times throughout its history, with a number of URLs birthing the Putlocker name being put on hold or confiscated. It is not publicly known whether an official Putlocker internet site kept by the initial team remains available online, but at least fifty mirror or proxy websites, many of which use the Putlocker name, have been identified.
Introduce as well as popularity
Putlocker originated in the United Kingdom under the URL putlocker.com. In very early January 2012, the internet site received about 800,000 visitors a day, but after the popular website Megaupload was closed down as a result of copyright violation, Putlocker began receiving roughly 1.6 million visitors a day. The website's procedures police officer, Adrian Petroff, discovered Megaupload's closure fretting, stating "that needs SOPA when a workshop officer can make a wish/hit list and also sites 'voluntarily' closed down?"
In March 2012, Putlocker was determined by Alfred Perry, vice president for globally content security at Paramount Photo, as one of the "top 5 rogue cyberlocker solutions". The site's URL was altered to putlocker.bz, an address which was seized by the Cops Intellectual Property Criminal Activity Unit of the UK in June 2014, and also was subsequently transformed to putlocker.is, a domain name located in Iceland.
From around very early October 2016, the putlocker.is address presented a mistake stating that the site's host solution was hard to reach. Around this time around, the Motion Picture Organization of America (MPAA) reported Putlocker to the Office of the United States Profession Representative as a piracy risk. The MPAA disclosed that Putlocker operated from Vietnam, and that its web servers were hosted by the Swiss firm Exclusive Layer.
Prior to its closure, putlocker.is was noted amongst the 250 leading websites internationally and also the leading 150 in the United States, according to Alexa data. A mirror site under the address putlocker.today showed up soon after the thought termination 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 came to be energetic again, redirecting its users to the upgraded URL putlockers.ch. On 27 February 2017, the putlockers.ch address was suspended after a ruling by a Tribunal d'arrondissement of Luxembourg in favour of the Belgian Enjoyment Organization, and also the URL moved possession to EuroDNS.   The primary lawful police officer of EuroDNS, Luc Seufer, mentioned that EuroDNS is required to "prevent any 'reactivation' of this domain name [putlockers.ch] until its expiration date". Following the seizure of the putlocker putlockers.ch address, the formerly made use of putlocker.is domain name was made useful 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 Info and Communications, during which Osius urged for the prosecution of Putlocker, in addition to the internet sites 123Movies and also KissCartoon, for copyright infringement.
Not long after, putlocker.is, which altered to putlockertv.is and subsequently putlockers.cc, was reported to reroute site visitors to a scamming site.  In May 2017, at the very least 3 working websites birthing the Putlocker name were understood to be available: putlocker.rs, with a Serbian high-level domain name (TLD), putlockertv.ist, with an Istanbulite TLD, and putlockerhd.is, with an Icelandic one.
In July 2017, the International Business Times reported that "15% of net individuals in the UK are either infringing copyright through streaming or illegal downloads, with pirated TELEVISION material 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 block accessibility to 42 piracy sites in an instance brought by Town Roadshow, with Putlocker, KissCartoon, and GoMovies being amongst those purchased to be obstructed.