piracy

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The flag of Edward England, a well-known symbol of piracy

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piracy (countable and uncountable, plural piracies)

  1. (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?
  2. A similar violation of international law, such as hijacking of an aircraft.
  3. The unauthorized duplication of goods protected by intellectual property law (e.g. copying software unlawfully).
  4. The operation of an unlicensed radio or television station.

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