Piracy definition

pīrə-sē
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The unauthorized publication, reproduction, or use of a copyrighted or patented work.
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Copyright or patent infringement.

Software piracy.

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Robbery of ships on the high seas.
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The illegal recording, transmission, or reception of radio or TV broadcasts.
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The illegal interception or use of radio or television signals.
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An instance of piracy.

A surge of piracies.

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Robbery or other serious acts of violence committed at sea.
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The hijacking of an airplane.

Air piracy.

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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.
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Robbery, kidnapping, or other criminal activity at sea.
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Hijacking.
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Illegal and unauthorized copying or distributing materials protected under copyright, trademark, or patent law. See also infringement.
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Copying protected software without authorization; in most jurisdictions, it is considered a crime.
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(nautical) Robbery at sea, a violation of international law; taking a ship away from the control of those who are legally entitled to it.

How shoud the international community respond to Somali piracy?

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A similar violation of international law, such as hijacking of an aircraft.
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The unauthorized duplication of goods protected by intellectual property law (e.g. copying software unlawfully).
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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.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
piracy
Plural:
piracies

Origin of piracy

  • Medieval Latin pīrātia from Late Greek peirāteia from Greek peirātēs pirate pirate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition