Putlocker refers to numerous online documents holding index sites made use of for streaming home entertainment media, especially movies and television collection, absolutely free. The initial web site came from the UK as early as 2011, and also grew to receive millions of everyday visitors after the closure of Megaupload. In Might 2016, the internet site was obstructed in the UK by a High Court order,  and also at its peak prior to a short-term closure in late 2016, Alexa Web noted 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 risk.
Putlocker's domain address has changed multiple times throughout its background, with a variety of Links birthing the Putlocker name being suspended or seized. It is not publicly known whether a main Putlocker internet site kept by the initial team remains available online, yet at the very least fifty mirror or proxy internet sites, most of which make use of the Putlocker name, have actually been determined.
Launch and appeal
Putlocker originated in the United Kingdom under the LINK putlocker.com. In very early January 2012, the site received concerning 800,000 site visitors a day, but after the popular internet site Megaupload was shut down due to copyright violation, Putlocker began receiving about 1.6 million visitors a day. The website'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' shut down?"
In March 2012, Putlocker was recognized by Alfred Perry, vice president for globally content defense at Paramount Pictures, as one of the "leading 5 rogue cyberlocker services". The web site's URL was altered to putlocker.bz, an address which was seized by the Authorities Intellectual Property Criminal Offense Unit of the UK in June 2014, as well as was subsequently altered to putlocker.is, a domain name located in Iceland.
From about early October 2016, the putlocker.is address showed a mistake stating that the web site's host service was unattainable. Around this moment, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) reported Putlocker to the Workplace of the USA Trade Agent as a piracy hazard. The MPAA revealed that Putlocker operated from Vietnam, which its web servers were hosted by the Swiss company Personal Layer.
Before its closure, putlocker.is was detailed among the 250 top web sites globally as well as the leading 150 in the USA, according to Alexa information. A mirror website under the address putlocker.today appeared shortly after the presumed discontinuation of putlocker.is, and also on October 17, 2016, an address under the name putlocker9.com was reported to be available.
On 2 November 2016, the putlocker.is address became active once again, rerouting its individuals to the upgraded 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 Entertainment Association, and the URL transferred ownership to EuroDNS.   The chief legal officer of EuroDNS, Luc Seufer, specified that EuroDNS is needed to "stop any type of 'awakening' of this domain [putlockers.ch] till its expiry day". Complying with the seizure of the putlockers.ch address, the previously utilized putlocker.is domain was made practical again.
In March 2017, it was reported that Ted Osius, then United States Ambassador to Vietnam, held a conference with Truong Minh Tuan, Vietnam's Preacher of Details and also Communications, throughout which Osius advised for the criminal prosecution of Putlocker, along with the sites 123Movies and KissCartoon, for copyright infringement.
Not long after, putlocker.is, which transformed to putlockertv.is and also ultimately putlockers.cc, was reported to redirect visitors to a scamming site.  In Might 2017, a minimum of three working websites bearing the Putlocker name were putlockers 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 Business Times reported that "15% of net individuals in the UK are either infringing copyright through streaming or prohibited downloads, with pirated TELEVISION material largely accessed with Kodi (16%) or Putlocker (17%)". In August 2017, Justice John Nicholas of the Federal Court of Australia purchased Australian internet service providers to obstruct access to 42 piracy websites in a case brought by Village Roadshow, with Putlocker, KissCartoon, and GoMovies being amongst those purchased to be obstructed.