The illegal copying of software and digital music.
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Bitlegging (v): Downloading copyright-protected digital music files from the net. As illegal as bootlegging, but the sound quality is better.
— "Tech talk," Management Today, October 31, 2002
Earliest Citation: makes available free, legal MP3 files from artists wanting the exposure. Visit the music section Of course, downloading a ripped-off version of, say, the All Saints' Never Ever is the digital equivalent of bootlegging (bitlegging?).
— John Graham-Cumming, "Living with the Net: Make your PC really sing," The Guardian (London), March 11, 1999
American Dialect Society member Grant Barrett alerted me to this blend of bit and bootlegging.
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