Piracy

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Piracy

1. Robbery committed at sea. Piracy is one of the world's oldest crimes and is a risk in international trade. Captured pirates generally are tried in military courts. A company may insure against injury or loss of goods due to piracy.

2. The act or practice of making illegal copies of copyrighted material. For example, printing copies of a book without the author's or publisher's permission may be piracy because neither receives any compensation for sales. Piracy is a major issue in online commerce. It is common, for instance, for a private user to upload a video to a website and even profit from views of that video without permission from or compensation to the copyright owners. The best way to prevent or prosecute this form of piracy remains a controversial issue.
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One fascinating Stokesley story featured in the acrylic painting is that of a local sea captain called Hornby who, when attacked at sea by French privateers in 1744, blew up the attacking ship with his cannons, receiving a gold medal from a grateful King George III in return.
The money spent, both men joined a frigate, which while at sea captured two French privateers.
He spent two years in the post, toiling to save Louis XVI, sheltering aristocrats from the Paris mob, and working hard to protect American merchant vessels against French privateers.
The King of France quickly issued commissions to sea captains, and over the next 40 years it was French privateers and buccaneers who spearheaded attacks on the Spanish treasure ships and treasure ports.