Putlocker describes numerous online data organizing index sites made use of for streaming entertainment media, especially movies and television collection, completely free. The first website originated in the UK as early as 2011, and also grew to receive millions of daily visitors after the closure of Megaupload. In May 2016, the site was blocked in the UK by a High Court order,  as well as at its height prior to a short-term closure in late 2016, Alexa Web detailed Putlocker as ranking amongst the leading 250 most-visited web sites worldwide. Putlocker has been reported by the Motion Picture Organization of America (MPAA) as a significant piracy threat.
Putlocker's domain address has altered numerous times throughout its background, with a number of URLs bearing the Putlocker name being suspended or confiscated. It is not openly well-known whether a main Putlocker web site kept by the original group continues to be readily available online, yet at the very least fifty mirror or proxy web sites, most of which make use of the Putlocker name, have been determined.
Release as well as appeal
Putlocker originated in the UK under the URL putlocker.com. In early January 2012, the internet site obtained concerning 800,000 site visitors a day, however after the prominent internet site Megaupload was closed down because of copyright infringement, Putlocker started getting approximately 1.6 million site visitors a day. The site's operations police officer, Adrian Petroff, found Megaupload's closure stressing, specifying "who requires SOPA when a workshop director can make a wish/hit listing and websites 'voluntarily' closed down?"
In March 2012, Putlocker was identified by Alfred Perry, vice president for around the world content protection at Paramount Pictures, as one of the "leading 5 rogue cyberlocker solutions". The internet site's URL was changed to putlocker.bz, an address which was taken by the Police Copyright Crime System of the UK in June 2014, and was consequently changed to putlocker.is, a domain name situated in Iceland.
From around very early October 2016, the putlocker.is address showed a mistake stating that the web site's host solution was inaccessible. Around this moment, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) reported Putlocker to the Workplace of the USA Trade Rep as a piracy hazard. The MPAA revealed that Putlocker ran from Vietnam, which its web servers were hosted by the Swiss firm 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 soon 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 ended up being active once again, rerouting its customers 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, stated that EuroDNS is called for to "protect against any 'resurgence' of this domain [putlockers.ch] until its expiration day". Adhering to the seizure of the putlockers.ch address, the formerly utilized putlocker.is domain name was made useful again.
In March 2017, it was reported that Ted Osius, after that United States Ambassador to Vietnam, held a conference with Truong Minh Tuan, Vietnam's Preacher of Details and Communications, during which Osius prompted for the prosecution of Putlocker, in addition to the internet sites 123Movies and also KissCartoon, for copyright violation.
Not long after, putlocker.is, which altered to putlockertv.is and subsequently putlockers.cc, was reported to redirect site visitors to a scamming site.  In Might 2017, at least three functioning websites bearing the Putlocker name were known to be 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 with streaming or putlockers illegal downloads, with pirated TELEVISION material primarily 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, and GoMovies being amongst those purchased to be obstructed.