In recent days, users attempting to access free streaming website Putlocker found the site had been removed.
The site’s closure came following a High Court order stipulating that Putlocker, among other popular video streaming services, was to be blocked in the UK.
The Court order was brought by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which represents many Hollywood studios.
The Association has taken similar action in the past to block streaming sites for infringement of copyright.
Major ISPs in Britain have taken heed of the order, with both Virgin Media and Sky reportedly removing the sites in question.
While legally obliged to stop users from accessing these sites, Virgin Media has shown its support for the legislation: “Virgin Media prides itself on being a responsible ISP and will block websites when ordered to do so by the courts.”
Every day, millions of people in the UK use free online streaming websites to watch content that may otherwise require they pay subscription fees. Equally, streaming sites like Putlocker are used to access videos not yet available in Britain.
Notably, many Britons use similar sites to keep up to speed with Game of Thrones, which airs every Sunday in the USA, a day ahead of its airing on Sky Atlantic in the UK.Putlocker was reportedly first unavailable before the weekend.
It was expected that its absence would only be temporary, with VPN services reproducing the blocked sites under new names.
In the past few hours, Putlocker’s Twitter profile has announced the streaming service’s return, showing it doing exactly that.
Putlocker’s new blurb reads: “Full Movies Free on Putlocker – Moved to Putlocker9.com”.
A Tweet shortly after read “Sorry for downtime today we are back online. Thanks for all your messages and tweets”, with hastags “#putlocker9” and “#nevergoingdown” suggesting the site has no intention of disappearing.
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