- Piracy is defined as attacking and robbing a ship at sea, or stealing someone else's intellectual property.
- Robbing a ship at sea is an example of piracy.
- Downloading a copyrighted song off the Internet is an example of piracy.
piracy definition by Webster's New World
- robbery of ships on the high seas
- the unauthorized publication, reproduction, or use of a copyrighted or patented work
- the illegal recording, transmission, or reception of radio or TV broadcasts
Origin: Midieval Latin piratia ; from Classical Greek peirateia ; from peiratēs, pirate
piracy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. pi·ra·cies
- a. Robbery committed at sea.b. A similar act of robbery, as the hijacking of an airplane.
- The unauthorized use or reproduction of copyrighted or patented material: software piracy.
- The operation of an unlicensed, illegal radio or television station.
Origin: Medieval Latin pīrātia, from Late Greek peirāteia, from Greek peirātēs, pirate; see pirate.
piracy - Business Definition
piracy - Computer Definition
Copying protected software without authorization; in most jurisdictions, it is considered a crime.
See Also: Authorization; Copyright Laws; Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA); Infringing Intellectual Property Rights and Copyright.
piracy - Investment & Finance Definition
The illegal copying of music or software programs, which deprives record and software companies and their artists of profits. In the music industry the piracy of compact disks (CDs) has become a significant problem that may significantly cut into the industry’s profits. Software companies also have faced the same problem, especially in areas outside the United States where copyright laws aren’t as strict.Webster's New World Finance and Investment Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
piracy - Legal Definition
- Robbery, kidnapping, or other criminal activity at sea.
- Illegal and unauthorized copying or distributing materials protected under copyright, trademark, or patent law. See also infringement.