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Pirate

1. A person who commits robbery 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. A person who engages in 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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Large-scale operations conducted against unauthorized printing houses in ystanbul, Antalya and Balykesir in 2011 are believed to have had a crucial role in the decrease in the number of pirated books.
The pirated books seized by the police are sold to paper factories that recycle the pirated books.
Kim English, an artist he describes as "struggling," had her summer hit, "Unspeakable Joy," pirated "as soon as it broke," which gave the pirates "money that belongs to the label, that belongs to the artist outright for that song performance.
Since bootleg and pirated CDs have so easily slipped into the gay market--seemingly indistinguishable from legitimate low-budget releases--we asked some experts for a crash course in spotting illegal products.
This is the second case involving pirated movies in the Antelope Valley.
In October, Philadelphia law enforcement officials staged a major raid on the city's most prolific piracy haven, 52nd Street, arresting 10 suspects and confiscating approximately 5,000 pirated and counterfeit CDs.
According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, China produced $240 million in pirated material in 1998, and 60 percent of the domestic market for music, software and video discs was in pirated material.
Two months ago, during the area's largest recent seizure, the Mexican Attorney General captured 20,000 pirated Game Boy Advance cartridges in Manzanillo.
NASDAQ:WBSN), the world's leading employee Internet management (EIM) software company, reports that the number of pirated software and hacking Web sites has spiked more than 240 percent in the last year alone, now totaling 5,400 sites representing 800,000 Web pages.
Any individual selling or proliferating pirated software is liable under civil and criminal prosecution.
In terms of piracy rates, the study estimates that more than nine in ten business software applications in Vietnam (97%), China (95%), Indonesia (92%), and Russia (92%) are pirated.
Upon the filing of the lawsuit, United States District Judge Joanna Seybert issued an order directing the immediate seizure and impoundment of the pirated software and other illegal materials.