The Evolution of Putlocker
Putlocker describes various online file hosting index websites utilized for streaming home entertainment media, especially films and television series, for free. The preliminary site came from the UK as early as 2011, and grew to receive millions of daily visitors after the shutdown of Megaupload. In Might 2016, the site was blocked in the UK by a High Court order,  and at its peak prior to a short-term closure in late 2016, Alexa Internet noted Putlocker as ranking amongst the leading 250 most-visited websites worldwide. Putlocker has been reported by the Movie Association of America (MPAA) as a significant piracy risk.
Putlocker's domain address has altered numerous times throughout its history, with a variety of URLs bearing the Putlocker name being suspended or seized. It is not publicly recognized whether a main Putlocker site maintained by the original group stays offered online, but a minimum of fifty mirror or proxy sites, a lot of which use the Putlocker name, have been recognized.
Putlocker came from the United Kingdom under the URL putlocker.com. In early January 2012, the website got about 800,000 visitors a day, however after the popular website Megaupload was shut down due to copyright infringement, Putlocker started getting approximately 1.6 million visitors a day The website's operations officer, Adrian Petroff, discovered Megaupload's closure fretting, specifying "who needs SOPA when a studio officer can make a wish/hit list and websites 'voluntarily' shut down?"
In March 2012, Putlocker was recognized by Alfred Perry, vice president for around the world content protection at Paramount Pictures, as one of the "leading 5 rogue cyberlocker services".  The site's URL was changed to putlocker.bz, an address which was seized by the Cops Copyright Criminal Offense Unit of the UK in June 2014, and was consequently altered to putlocker.is, a domain located in Iceland.
From around early October 2016, the putlocker.is address showed a mistake stating that the site's host service was unattainable.  Around this time, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) reported Putlocker to the Workplace of the United States Trade Representative as a piracy threat. The MPAA exposed that Putlocker ran from Vietnam, and that its servers were hosted by the Swiss company Personal Layer.
Prior to its closure, putlocker.is was listed among the 250 leading websites globally and the leading 150 in the United States, according to Alexa information. A mirror site under the address putlocker.today appeared quickly after the presumed termination of putlocker.is, and on October 17, 2016, an address under the name putlocker9.com was reported to be offered.
On 2 November 2016, the putlocker.is address became active once again, redirecting its users to the updated URL 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 Entertainment Association, and the URL transferred ownership to EuroDNS. The primary legal officer of EuroDNS, Luc Seufer, specified that EuroDNS is required to "avoid any 'reactivation' of this domain name [putlockers.ch] until its expiration date". Following the seizure of the putlockers.ch address, the formerly used putlocker.is domain was made functional once 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 Minister of Information and Communications, throughout which Osius advised for the criminal prosecution of Putlocker, in addition to the websites 123Movies and KissCartoon, for copyright infringement.
Not long after, putlocker.is, which altered to putlockertv.is and subsequently putlockers.cc, was reported to reroute visitors to a scamming website.  In May 2017, at least 3 working websites bearing the Putlocker name were known 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 Business Times reported that "15% of web users in the UK are either infringing copyright through streaming or unlawful downloads, with pirated TV product primarily accessed through Kodi (16%) or Putlocker (17%)".  In August 2017, Justice John Nicholas of the Federal Court of Australia bought Australian web service providers to obstruct access to 42 piracy sites in a case brought by Town Roadshow, with Putlocker, KissCartoon, and GoMovies being amongst those ordered to be obstructed.
In June 2018, Trevon Maurice Franklin of Fresno, California pleaded guilty to breaking federal copyright law back in February 2016, when he downloaded the superhero film Deadpool from Putlocker and after that uploaded it to Facebook 8 days after the film was released theatrically in the United States.  As an outcome, the film was seen over 6 million times totally free, with the total retail worth of the copies being estimated at around $2,500.  U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt set 27 September as the sentencing date for the federal class-A misdemeanor, which brings a possible penalty of approximately one year in jail, along with a $100,000 fine.  After Putlockers missing out on the September 27 sentencing hearing, Franklin was sentenced in October to 24 days in federal detention followed by a year of supervised release, consisting of 20 hours of social work per week.