pirate


pirate
pi·rate 1 /'pī-rət/ n: a person who commits piracy
pirate 2 vb pi·rat·ed, pi·rat·ing
vt: to take or appropriate by piracy; esp: to copy, distribute, or use without authorization esp. in infringement of copyright
the pirated software
pirating cable signals
vi: to commit piracy compare bootleg

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

pirate
I (reproduce without authorization) verb adopt and pass off as one's own, appropriate, borrow dishonestly, copy, counterfeit, crib, help oneself to, make use of without permission, plagiarize, purloin, steal, take illegally II (take by violence) verb commit piracy, commit robbery, despoil, lay hold of, loot, pillage, plunder, ransack, rifle, rob, sack, seize, spoil, spoilate, steal, take by force, thieve III index abduct, copy, criminal, hijack, hold up (rob), impropriate, loot, pillage, plagiarize, plunder, poach, prey, seize (confiscate), spoil (pillage), steal, thief

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


pirate
n.
A person who commits acts of piracy.

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

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