Putlocker describes numerous online data hosting index internet sites used for streaming enjoyment media, specifically films as well as television series, free of cost. The first web site originated in the United Kingdom as early as 2011, and grew to receive countless day-to-day visitors after the closure of Megaupload. In Might 2016, the site was obstructed in the UK by a High Court order,  and at its top before a short-lived closure in late 2016, Alexa Internet listed 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 significant piracy danger.
Putlocker's domain address has changed multiple times throughout its background, with a number of Links bearing the Putlocker name being put on hold or taken. It is not openly recognized whether a main Putlocker site preserved by the initial team remains offered online, however a minimum of fifty mirror or proxy sites, a lot of which make use of the Putlocker name, have been determined.
Introduce and also appeal
Putlocker originated in the United Kingdom under the LINK putlocker.com. In early January 2012, the website obtained concerning 800,000 visitors a day, but after the preferred web site Megaupload was shut down as a result of copyright infringement, Putlocker began obtaining roughly 1.6 million visitors a day. The website's procedures police officer, Adrian Petroff, discovered Megaupload's closure worrying, mentioning "who requires SOPA when a studio exec can make a wish/hit listing and websites 'voluntarily' closed down?"
In March 2012, Putlocker was identified by Alfred Perry, vice head of state for worldwide web content protection at Paramount Photo, as one of the "top 5 rogue cyberlocker solutions". The web site's LINK was changed to putlocker.bz, an address which was confiscated by the Police Copyright Criminal Offense Unit of the UK in June 2014, and was ultimately altered to putlocker.is, a domain name located in Iceland.
From about early October 2016, the putlocker.is address showed a mistake specifying that the internet site's host service was unattainable. Around this moment, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) reported Putlocker to the Workplace of the United States Trade Agent as a piracy hazard. The MPAA revealed that Putlocker ran 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 around the world and the top 150 in the United States, according to Alexa information. A mirror website under the address putlocker.today showed up quickly 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 became energetic once more, redirecting its individuals to the upgraded LINK putlockers.ch. On 27 February 2017, the putlockers.ch address was suspended after a judgment by a Tribunal d'arrondissement of Luxembourg in favour of the Belgian Home Entertainment Organization, and the URL putlockers transferred ownership to EuroDNS.   The chief lawful officer of EuroDNS, Luc Seufer, specified that EuroDNS is required to "prevent any kind of 'resurgence' of this domain [putlockers.ch] until its expiry date". Adhering to the seizure of the putlockers.ch address, the previously utilized putlocker.is domain name was made useful once more.
In March 2017, it was reported that Ted Osius, after that USA Ambassador to Vietnam, held a conference with Truong Minh Tuan, Vietnam's Preacher of Info as well as Communications, during 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 altered to putlockertv.is as well as subsequently putlockers.cc, was reported to redirect site visitors to a scamming website.  In May 2017, at least 3 functioning sites birthing the Putlocker name were recognized to be offered: putlocker.rs, with a Serbian top-level domain name (TLD), putlockertv.ist, with an Istanbulite TLD, and putlockerhd.is, with an Icelandic one.
In July 2017, the International Company Times reported that "15% of web customers in the UK are either infringing copyright through streaming or prohibited downloads, with pirated TV 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 websites in a situation brought by Village Roadshow, with Putlocker, KissCartoon, as well as GoMovies being amongst those gotten to be blocked.