Putlocker refers to various online data hosting index web sites made use of for streaming home entertainment media, specifically movies and television series, for free. The initial web site came from the UK as early as 2011, and also grew to obtain millions of everyday visitors after the shutdown of Megaupload. In May 2016, the web site was obstructed in the UK by a High Court order,  as well as at its height before a short-lived closure in late 2016, Alexa Net listed Putlocker as ranking among the leading 250 most-visited websites worldwide. Putlocker has actually been reported by the Movie Association of America (MPAA) as a significant piracy hazard.
Putlocker's domain name address has actually transformed several times throughout its history, with a number of URLs bearing the Putlocker name being put on hold or confiscated. It is not openly recognized whether an official Putlocker site preserved by the original group continues to be readily available online, yet a minimum of fifty mirror or proxy web sites, much of which make use of the Putlocker name, have been identified.
Release as well as popularity
Putlocker originated in the UK under the URL putlocker.com. In early January 2012, the internet site obtained about 800,000 site visitors a day, yet after the prominent site Megaupload was closed down because of copyright infringement, Putlocker began receiving approximately 1.6 million site visitors a day. The site's procedures policeman, Adrian Petroff, found Megaupload's closure stressing, specifying "that needs SOPA when a workshop officer can make a wish/hit list as well as sites 'willingly' closed down?"
In March 2012, Putlocker was determined by Alfred Perry, vice president for around the world material protection at Paramount Photo, as one of the "top 5 rogue cyberlocker solutions". The site's LINK was changed to putlocker.bz, an address which was taken by the Police Intellectual Property Crime System of the UK in June 2014, and also was consequently transformed to putlocker.is, a domain located in Iceland.
From around early October 2016, the putlocker.is address presented an error mentioning that the site's host solution was inaccessible. Around this time around, the Movie Association of America (MPAA) reported Putlocker to the Office of the USA Profession Representative as a piracy risk. The MPAA disclosed that Putlocker operated from Vietnam, and that its 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 appeared shortly after the assumed termination of putlocker.is, and also 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 became energetic once more, redirecting its users 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 Amusement Association, as well as the URL transferred ownership to EuroDNS.   The chief legal policeman of EuroDNS, Luc Seufer, specified that EuroDNS is needed to "stop any type of 'resurgence' of this domain [putlockers.ch] up until its expiration date". Complying with the seizure of the putlockers.ch address, the previously used putlocker.is domain 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 Info as well as Communications, during which Osius prompted for the prosecution of Putlocker, in addition to the web sites 123Movies as well as KissCartoon, for copyright violation.
Not long after, putlocker.is, which changed to putlockertv.is and also subsequently putlockers.cc, was reported to reroute site visitors to a scamming website.  In Might 2017, a minimum of three functioning websites bearing the Putlocker name putlocker were known to be readily available: putlocker.rs, with a Serbian high-level domain (TLD), putlockertv.ist, with an Istanbulite TLD, and putlockerhd.is, with an Icelandic one.
In July 2017, the International Organisation Times reported that "15% of web individuals in the UK are either infringing copyright via streaming or unlawful downloads, with pirated TELEVISION 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 block accessibility to 42 piracy websites in a situation brought by Village Roadshow, with Putlocker, KissCartoon, and GoMovies being among those gotten to be obstructed.