Posted by Victoria S Dennis on August 03, 2005
In Reply to: Re: Bootleggers posted by Mikko on August 03, 2005
: : what is the meaning and origin of bootleggers.??
: Bootleg means the part of the boot that covers the leg; it's a place where one can conveniently hide things for smuggling.
: "Bootlegging" nowadays means usually making/distributing of an illegal copy of a CD, cassette or DVD. Especially in the music world, bootlegging means taping and recording a concert without the artist's approval and later releasing it (without giving any profit to the performer). Some artist accept this.
But as far as I know, the original bootleggers were bringing alcohol to the USA in the Prohibition era. Unless anyone here has encountered an earlier use? (VSD)