What is bootleg software?
Bootleg software is software that is illegally distributed or sold. Some consider music, audio, and video to be part of bootleg software as well. It is synonymous with piracy, and there are many laws prohibiting and restricting the sale of bootleg software. Bootleg software is an important topic in the digital world.
Bootleg software is sold or distributed without the required permission from the trademark or copyright owner. Software is also considered bootleg software if it is legally installed on one computer, but copies of the software are installed on other computers if the license prohibits installation on more than one computer.
Common activities associated with bootleg software include recording, copying, distributing, and selling content, mostly through online or electronic media. There are times that individuals as well as companies unknowingly purchase bootleg software. Bootleg software can cause huge losses in money and reputation for software application developers and distributors as illegal copies are often sold at lower prices.
Black trafficking is punishable all over the world - often with heavy fines and jail terms - as bootleg software can be prosecuted for copyright infringement.