refers to the various websites used to host an online index of hosted files and entertainment media such as movies and television series. The initial website was in the United Kingdom in the beginning of 2011, and millions of daily visitors received after Megaupload was closed. In May 2016, the website was blocked in the UK by the order of the High Court, and on its peak before the temporary closure at the end of 2016, Alexa Internet ranked as one of the top 250 most visited websites. Listed. The Autococker report is a major pirate hazard by the US Motion Picture Association.
Luxembourg’s domain address has changed many times throughout its history, in which the recent domain is the confiscated URL copywalkers.H, which was suspended and transferred to the ownership of the Eurovision by the order of the Luxembourg Court. It is not publicly known that an official website created by the original team is available online, but at least fifty mirrors or proxy websites, many of which use the name have been identified.
Launch and popularity
Putlocker originated in the United Kingdom. In early January 2012, the website received about 800,000 visitors a day, but after the popular website Megaupload was shut down due to copyright infringement, Putlocker began receiving approximately 1.6 million visitors a day. The website’s operations officer, Adrian Petroff, found Megaupload’s closure worrying, stating “who needs SOPA when a studio exec can make a wish/hit list and sites ‘voluntarily’ shut down?”
From around early October 2016, the Putlocker.is address displayed an error stating that the website’s host service is inaccessible. Around this time, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) reported Putlocker to the Office of the United States Trade Representative as a piracy threat. The MPAA revealed that Putlocker operates from Vietnam, and its servers are hosted by the Swiss company Private Layer.
Prior to its closure, putlocker.is was listed among the 250 top websites globally and the top 150 in the United States, according to Alexa data. A mirror site under the address Putlocker.today appeared shortly after the assumed termination of putlocker.
On November 2, 2016, the Putlocker.is address became active again, redirecting its users to the updated URL putlockers.ch. On February 27, 2017, the putlockers.ch address was suspended after a ruling by a Tribunal d’arrondissement of Luxembourg in favor of the Belgian Entertainment Association, and the URL transferred ownership to EuroDNS. The chief legal officer of EuroDNS, Luc Seufer, stated that EuroDNS is required to “prevent any ‘reactivation’ of this domain name [putlockers.ch] until its expiration date”.
In July 2017
, the International Business Times reported that “15% of internet users in the UK are either infringing copyright through streaming or illegal downloads, with pirated TV material primarily accessed through Kodi (16%) or Putlocker (17%)”.
Kronstadt set September 27 as the sentencing date for the federal class-A misdemeanor, which carries a possible penalty of up to one year in prison, along with a $100,000 fine.