Putlocker describes different online data organizing index sites used for streaming entertainment media, especially movies and television series, free of cost. The initial site originated in the UK as early as 2011, as well as expanded to get numerous daily 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 short-lived closure in late 2016, Alexa Net detailed Putlocker as ranking amongst the leading 250 most-visited internet sites worldwide. Putlocker has actually been reported by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) as a significant piracy threat.
Putlocker's domain name address has actually transformed 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 web site maintained by the original group stays available online, but at least fifty mirror or proxy websites, a lot of which use the Putlocker name, have actually been determined.
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Putlocker originated in the UK under the URL putlocker.com. In early January 2012, the site received regarding 800,000 site visitors a day, but after the prominent web site Megaupload was closed down because of copyright infringement, Putlocker started getting approximately 1.6 million site visitors a day. The website's procedures policeman, Adrian Petroff, discovered Megaupload's closure worrying, mentioning "who requires SOPA when a workshop officer can make a wish/hit listing as well as websites 'voluntarily' closed down?"
In March 2012, Putlocker was determined by Alfred Perry, vice president for worldwide content defense at Paramount Pictures, as one of the "leading 5 rogue cyberlocker services". The internet site's URL was transformed to putlocker.bz, an address which was taken by the Cops Intellectual Property Criminal Activity System of the UK in June 2014, as well as was subsequently transformed to putlocker.is, a domain located in Iceland.
From around early October 2016, the putlocker.is address presented an error mentioning that the internet site's host solution putlocker was unattainable. Around this moment, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) reported Putlocker to the Workplace of the USA Profession Representative as a piracy threat. 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 sites around the world and the top 150 in the United States, according to Alexa data. A mirror website under the address putlocker.today showed up quickly after the assumed 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 came to be energetic once more, redirecting its customers 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 Organization, and also the URL transferred ownership to EuroDNS.   The primary lawful police officer of EuroDNS, Luc Seufer, specified that EuroDNS is required to "prevent any type of 'resurgence' of this domain name [putlockers.ch] till its expiry day". 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 USA Ambassador to Vietnam, held a meeting with Truong Minh Tuan, Vietnam's Priest of Info as well as Communications, during which Osius urged for the criminal prosecution of Putlocker, along with the websites 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 redirect site visitors to a scamming website.  In May 2017, at least 3 functioning sites bearing the Putlocker name were understood to be offered: 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 Organisation Times reported that "15% of web customers in the UK are either infringing copyright via streaming or unlawful downloads, with pirated TELEVISION material mainly accessed via Kodi (16%) or Putlocker (17%)". In August 2017, Justice John Nicholas of the Federal Court of Australia got Australian access provider to obstruct access to 42 piracy websites in a situation brought by Town Roadshow, with Putlocker, KissCartoon, as well as GoMovies being amongst those purchased to be blocked.