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ISPs block Putlocker and Couchtuner after UK High Court orders ban on streaming sites – Geektime

Putlocker gets slapped by the British High Court, but it remains to be seen how effective orders imposed on ISPs will be in blocking the service

Putlocker gets slapped by the British High Court, but it remains to be seen how effective orders imposed on ISPs will be in blocking the service

One of the world’s most popular streaming sites finally falls into the crosshairs of a major court order

If you have ever tried finding a free movie file online and don’t want to deal with torrents, Putlocker has been a reliable bet for years. Even as Megaupload and its founder Kim Dotcom have ended up in legal trouble several times, Putlocker has been able to dodge the bullets and buy new URLs under different national domains. Now, the British are coming.

It is one of several websites ordered blocked after the UK High Court sided with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in a decision issued on May 5.

“Virgin Media prides itself on being a responsible ISP and will block websites when ordered to do so by the courts,” writes one of the UK’s larger ISPs on a page listing the offending websites. Those sites include Couchtuner, MerDB, Rainierland, Vidics, Watchfree, and Xmovies8. Virgin also lists dozens of other streaming sites for streaming and torrents ordered inaccessible by court orders going back to 2013.

Courts have struggled to rein in free movie services online as they have become extraordinarily commonplace and popular. As recently as February, Pirate Bay and Popcorn Time were trading places for the title of most popular torrenting service after the debut of higher quality streaming.

Putlocker has lost its domain name several times in the past and famously shifted to an Icelandic domain (.is) after losing Putlocker.bz back in 2014. At the time, they were having problems with the City of London police department (not to say they no longer are), according to Torrent Freak.

But you can also find it under .sr and .mn for example. Google includes gaps in its results due to further self-imposed removals following complaints received under the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Other services forced to play musical chairs with their domains have been Solar Movie, Project Free TV, and Watch Series, to which we are not linking because we don’t want our SEO score ruined by the very probable downing of those URLs in the future.

It remains to be seen how effective these new embargoes will be, but based on recent history, they probably won’t be effective at all.

Gedalyah Reback

Gedalyah Reback is a seasoned writer who has covered the political scene and Middle East for years. He is testing the waters with tech and is extremely funny, good looking, and not single.

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