The answer to whether watching movies on Putlocker is legal is unclear. However, uploading and streaming a movie without the owner’s permission is likely a violation of the law, according FindLaw.
In some cases, online streaming creates a full-length, temporary copy of the movie on the computer of the person watching it. In other cases, the video data is deleted while the movie plays, and no temporary file is created, explains FindLaw. The courts are split, with some contending that temporary copies constitute legal violations. However, the U.S. Copyright Office states that there is no legal violation if a reproduction cannot be copied, perceived or communicated.