Putlocker refers to various online file hosting index websites used for streaming entertainment media, particularly films and television series, for free. The initial website originated in the United Kingdom as early as 2011, and grew to get numerous day-to-day visitors after the shutdown of Megaupload. In May 2016, the site was blocked in the UK by a High Court order,  as well as at its height before a momentary closure in late 2016, Alexa Net detailed Putlocker as ranking amongst the leading 250 most-visited web sites worldwide. Putlocker has actually been reported by the Movie Association of America (MPAA) as a major piracy risk.
Putlocker's domain address has changed numerous times throughout its background, with a variety of URLs bearing the Putlocker name being suspended or seized. It is not openly well-known whether a main Putlocker site maintained by the original group stays offered online, however at least fifty mirror or proxy websites, many of which use the Putlocker name, have actually been determined.
Launch and appeal
Putlocker originated in the UK under the LINK putlocker.com. In very early January 2012, the web site obtained about 800,000 site visitors a day, yet after the preferred site Megaupload was closed down due to copyright violation, Putlocker started receiving about 1.6 million site visitors a day. The website's operations police officer, Adrian Petroff, found Megaupload's closure fretting, specifying "who needs SOPA when a studio officer can make a wish/hit listing as well as sites 'voluntarily' shut down?"
In March 2012, Putlocker was determined by Alfred Perry, vice president for around the world material security at Paramount Pictures, as one of the "top 5 rogue cyberlocker services". The site's URL was altered to putlocker.bz, an address which was taken by the Authorities Intellectual Property Criminal Offense System of the UK in June 2014, as well as was consequently altered to putlocker.is, a domain located in Iceland.
From around early October 2016, the putlocker.is address showed an error specifying that the site's host service was unattainable. Around this time around, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) reported Putlocker to the Office of the United States Trade Agent as a piracy risk. The MPAA exposed that Putlocker operated from Vietnam, and that its servers were hosted by the Swiss business Personal Layer.
Prior to its closure, putlocker.is was noted among the 250 top sites worldwide as well as the top 150 in the United States, according to Alexa data. A mirror site under the address putlocker.today appeared soon after the presumed 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 ended up being active once again, redirecting its individuals 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 Enjoyment Organization, and also the LINK moved possession to EuroDNS.   The primary lawful policeman of EuroDNS, Luc Seufer, specified that EuroDNS is needed to "stop any type of 'awakening' of this domain name [putlockers.ch] up until its expiry date". Following the seizure of the putlockers.ch address, the previously utilized putlocker.is domain name was made practical once again.
In March 2017, it was reported that Ted Osius, then United States Ambassador to Vietnam, held a meeting with Truong Minh Tuan, Vietnam's Priest of Information and Communications, throughout which Osius urged for the prosecution of Putlocker, in addition to the web sites 123Movies and KissCartoon, for copyright violation.
Not long after, putlocker.is, which transformed to putlockertv.is as well as consequently putlockers.cc, was reported to reroute site visitors to a scamming site.  In Might 2017, a minimum of 3 working websites bearing the Putlocker putlocker name were known to be readily available: putlocker.rs, with a Serbian top-level domain name (TLD), putlockertv.ist, with an Istanbulite TLD, and also putlockerhd.is, with an Icelandic one.
In July 2017, the International Company Times reported that "15% of internet customers in the UK are either infringing copyright with streaming or prohibited downloads, with pirated TELEVISION material primarily 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 situation brought by Town Roadshow, with Putlocker, KissCartoon, and GoMovies being amongst those ordered to be blocked.