Putlock has been blocked by internet service providers

Goodbye, old friend

UK internet service providers like Sky and Virgin Media have started blocking access to Putlock and other streaming websites. 

Some internet users have complained about being unable to stream TV and film over the past few days, after the High Court ordered internet service providers (ISPs) to block them.

Putlocker is though, as of the time writing, still available on an .is domain and through a VPN.

The block comes after a High Court order, brought by the Motion Picture Association of America who represent the major Hollywood stories.

Virgin have listed all the websites currently blocked, stating: “Virgin Media prides itself on being a responsible ISP and will block websites when ordered to do so by the Courts.”

An MPA spokesperson said: “Court orders are used to target illegal websites whose sole purpose is to make money off the back of other’s people content while paying nothing back to the legitimate economy.

“The internet must be a place for investment, innovation and creativity.  The MPA will continue to use this proportionate measure to tackle sites overwhelmingly dedicated to facilitating and promoting online copyright infringement.”

A spokesperson for Virgin Media said: “We received a court order sought by the MPA ordering Virgin Media and other ISPs to block access to Putlocker. We have complied with this order.”

The block is emblematic of a wider trend, which has seen internet freedoms increasingly encroached upon. A series of torrenting and streaming sites have all been blocked.