Bootlegging Law and Legal Definition

Bootlegging is the production, distribution, or reproduction of something illegally, or without proper authorization. The term ‘bootlegging’ may be used to refer to the illicit production and transportation of alcoholic beverages, use of illegal equipment, frequencies, or operating procedures in two-way radio, hidden or illegal coal mining, the production of illegal records or tapes from live concerts, or to describe the illegal operation of a speeder on a railway.

The following is an example of a case law defining the term:

Bootlegging is defined as the making of "an unauthorized copy of a commercially unreleased performance." [United States v. Moghadam, 175 F.3d 1269, 1272 (11th Cir. 1999)].