Putlocker refers to various online documents holding index internet sites used for streaming entertainment media, specifically movies as well as tv series, for free. The first website originated in the UK as early as 2011, as well as expanded to get 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 optimal before a temporary closure in late 2016, Alexa Net detailed Putlocker as ranking amongst the leading 250 most-visited internet sites worldwide. Putlocker has been reported by the Movie Organization of America (MPAA) as a major piracy threat.
Putlocker's domain address has altered several times throughout its background, with a variety of Links bearing the Putlocker name being suspended or seized. It is not publicly well-known whether a main Putlocker web site preserved by the original team continues to be readily available online, however a minimum of fifty mirror or proxy sites, a number of which use the Putlocker name, have been recognized.
Release as well as popularity
Putlocker came from the UK under the LINK putlocker.com. In early January 2012, the website obtained regarding 800,000 visitors a day, but after the popular internet site Megaupload was closed down due to copyright violation, Putlocker began obtaining about 1.6 million site visitors a day. The site's operations policeman, Adrian Petroff, found Megaupload's closure worrying, stating "who needs SOPA when a studio officer can make a wish/hit checklist as well as websites 'willingly' closed down?"
In March 2012, Putlocker was determined by Alfred Perry, vice head of state for around the world content security at Paramount Pictures, as one of the "top 5 rogue cyberlocker solutions". The site's LINK was altered to putlocker.bz, an address which was confiscated by the Police Copyright Crime Device of the UK in June 2014, and also was subsequently altered to putlocker.is, a domain located in Iceland.
From about early October 2016, the putlocker.is address showed a mistake stating that the web site's host service was inaccessible. Around this time, the Movie Association of America (MPAA) reported Putlocker to the Workplace of the United States Profession Representative as a piracy risk. The MPAA disclosed that Putlocker ran from Vietnam, and that its servers were hosted by the Swiss business Exclusive Layer.
Before its closure, putlocker.is was noted among the 250 top web sites globally as well as the leading 150 in the United States, according to Alexa information. A mirror website under the address putlocker.today showed up 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 came to be active again, redirecting its users to the updated 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 Association, and the URL transferred possession to EuroDNS.   The chief lawful police officer of EuroDNS, Luc Seufer, specified that EuroDNS is required to "protect against any type of 'reactivation' of this domain [putlockers.ch] till its expiry date". Adhering to the seizure of the putlockers.ch address, the formerly made use of putlocker.is domain was made practical 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 also Communications, during which Osius prompted for the prosecution of Putlocker, in addition to the websites 123Movies as well as KissCartoon, for copyright infringement.
Not long after, putlocker.is, which altered to putlockertv.is and consequently putlockers.cc, was reported to reroute site visitors to a scamming website.  In May 2017, a minimum of three working sites birthing the Putlocker name were recognized to be readily available: putlocker.rs, with a Serbian top-level domain (TLD), putlockertv.ist, with an Istanbulite TLD, and putlockerhd.is, with an Icelandic one.
In July 2017, the International Service Times reported that "15% of web customers in the UK are either infringing copyright through streaming or unlawful downloads, with pirated TELEVISION product primarily accessed via Kodi (16%) or Putlocker (17%)". In August 2017, Justice John Nicholas of the Federal Court of Australia ordered Australian access provider to obstruct access to 42 piracy websites in a case brought by Village Roadshow, with Putlocker, KissCartoon, as well as GoMovies being among those ordered to be putlockers blocked.