Definition Edit

Bootleg, as a general term, refers to the illegal reproduction and distribution of copyrighted works, such as software, music and video.

A bootleg phonorecord

is one which contains an unauthorized copy of a commercially unreleased performance. As in this case, the bootleg material may come from various sources. For example, fans may record concert performances, motion picture soundtracks, or television appearances. Outsiders may obtain copies of "outtakes," those portions of the tapes recorded in the studio but not included in the "master," that is, the final edited version slated for release after transcription to phonorecords or commercial tapes. Or bootleggers may gain possession of an "acetate," which is a phonorecord cut with a stylus rather than stamped, capable of being played only a few times before wearing out, and utilized to assess how a performance will likely sound on a phonorecord.[1]

References Edit

  1. Dowling v. United States, 473 U.S. 207, 209 n.2 (1985) (full-text).

See also Edit

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