Putlocker describes different online file holding index websites utilized for streaming entertainment media, especially movies and also tv series, free of charge. The preliminary internet site came from the UK as early as 2011, as well as grew to obtain numerous day-to-day visitors after the closure of Megaupload. In Might 2016, the site was blocked in the UK by a High Court order,  and at its optimal before a short-term closure in late 2016, Alexa Internet provided Putlocker as ranking among the leading 250 most-visited websites worldwide. Putlocker has been reported by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) as a major piracy risk.
Putlocker's domain name address has actually transformed numerous times throughout its background, with a number of URLs bearing the Putlocker name being suspended or taken. It is not openly known whether a main Putlocker web site kept by the initial group remains readily available online, but at least fifty mirror or proxy internet sites, many of which utilize the Putlocker name, have been recognized.
Release and popularity
Putlocker came from the UK under the URL putlocker.com. In early January 2012, the web site obtained about 800,000 site visitors a day, however after the popular internet site Megaupload was shut down because of copyright infringement, Putlocker began receiving around 1.6 million site visitors a day. The website's operations policeman, Adrian Petroff, discovered Megaupload's closure stressing, mentioning "that requires SOPA when a studio director can make a wish/hit checklist and websites 'willingly' closed down?"
In March 2012, Putlocker was recognized by Alfred Perry, vice head of state for globally content protection at Paramount Pictures, as one of the "top 5 rogue cyberlocker solutions". The website's URL was changed to putlocker.bz, an address which was taken by the Police Intellectual Property Criminal Offense Device of the UK in June 2014, and was subsequently altered to putlocker.is, a domain located in Iceland.
From around early October 2016, the putlocker.is address displayed a mistake stating that the website's host solution was hard to reach. Around this time, the Movie Association of America (MPAA) reported Putlocker to the Office of the USA Profession Agent as a piracy risk. The MPAA disclosed that Putlocker ran from Vietnam, and that its servers were hosted by the Swiss company Private Layer.
Before its closure, putlocker.is was provided among the 250 leading sites worldwide and the top 150 in the USA, according to Alexa information. A mirror site under the address putlocker.today showed up soon after the assumed discontinuation of putlocker.is, and 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 once again, redirecting its users to the upgraded URL putlockers.ch. On 27 February 2017, the putlockers.ch address was put on hold after a ruling by a Tribunal d'arrondissement of Luxembourg in favour of the Belgian Home Entertainment Organization, as well as the LINK moved possession to EuroDNS.   The primary lawful policeman of EuroDNS, Luc Seufer, mentioned that EuroDNS is called for to "prevent any 'resurgence' of this domain name [putlockers.ch] up until its expiry day". Following the seizure of the putlockers.ch address, the previously used putlocker.is domain was made functional 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 Details as well as Communications, throughout which Osius urged for the criminal prosecution of Putlocker, along with the websites 123Movies and also KissCartoon, for copyright violation.
Not long after, putlocker.is, which changed to putlockertv.is and ultimately putlockers.cc, was reported to reroute site visitors to a scamming website.  In Might 2017, at least 3 working websites birthing the Putlocker name were known to be readily available: putlocker.rs, with a Serbian top-level domain name (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 internet customers in the UK are either infringing copyright via streaming or unlawful downloads, with pirated TV product mainly accessed via Kodi (16%) or Putlocker (17%)". In August 2017, Justice John Nicholas of the Federal Court of Australia bought Australian internet service providers to obstruct accessibility to 42 piracy sites in an instance brought by Village Roadshow, with Putlocker, KissCartoon, putlocker and also GoMovies being among those gotten to be blocked.