piracy
pi·ra·cy /'pī-rə-sē/ n pl -cies
1: an act of robbery esp. on the high seas; specif: an illegal act of violence, detention, or plunder committed for private ends by crew or passengers of a private ship or aircraft against another ship or aircraft on the high seas or in a place outside the jurisdiction of any state see also aircraft piracy; article i of the constitution in the back matter
2 a: the unauthorized copying, distribution, or use of another's production (as a film) esp. in infringement of a copyright
software piracy
b: the unauthorized use, interception, or receipt of encoded communications (as satellite cable programming) esp. to avoid paying fees for use
the statute's purpose is to proscribe the piracy of programming signalsUnited States v. Harrell, 983 F.2d 36 (1993)
3: the crime of committing piracy

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

piracy
index pillage, robbery, spoliation

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


piracy
n.
(1) The practice of attacking and robbing ships at sea;
see also hijack
(2) The unlawful copying and distribution of copyrighted works such as software or recordings of music.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


piracy
1. the taking of ships or persons or property from ships. Piracy is punishable wherever the pirates are found. It is defined by the 1958 Geneva Convention on the High Seas and the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea as any illegal act of violence or depredation that is committed for private ends on the high seas or outside the territorial control of any state.
2. used colloquially to describe the appropriation of the intellectual property of others, e.g. 'pirate video'.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


piracy
1) Crimes of robbery, kidnapping, and similar activities on the high seas. The trial and punishment of such pirates may be under international law, or under the laws of the particular nation where the pirate has been captured.
2) A colloquial term without legal significance often used to describe willful copyright, patent, and trademark infringement.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


piracy
n.
1 Robbery, kidnapping, or other criminal activity at sea.
2 Hijacking.
3 Illegal and unauthorized copying or distributing materials protected under copyright, trademark, or patent law.
See also infringement.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


piracy
The act of violence or depredation on the high seas; also, the theft of intellectual property, especially in electronic media.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


piracy
The act of violence or depredation on the high seas; also, the theft of intellectual property, especially in electronic media.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

piracy
n.
   the crime of robbery of ships or boats on the oceans. Accusation, trial and punishment of pirates may be under international agreement applicable anywhere, or under the laws of the particular nation where the accused has been captured.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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