Hello. i hope i am not going outside of the rules or regulations of this forum by asking this, but would anyone be able to share with me how to purchase a legal IOS image outside of Cisco.com? It can be for any series of Cisco Routers.
kushalsheth1985 is correct. Cisco IOS's can be purchased through Cisco resellers or partners. They'll be able to provide you with adequate information to ensure you make a correct selection of IOS you're looking for.