Are software serial numbers found online legit?

Episode 1040 (2:20:28)

James from California

James found a list of serial numbers for Sony Vegas. Are they legit? Leo says no. Vegas is a $700 software package and if he downloaded the trial version and put a serial number in that he found on the internet, then that's piracy. This isn't really something James will want to do, especially if he's starting his own video business. There's also the risk of getting malware from downloading software from unofficial websites.

Leo recommends looking for a lite version or a student edition if all he wants to do is learn it. Another option is Adobe Creative Cloud, since they have a student membership.