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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The threat of piracy to tankers -- and by extension world energy markets -- came clearly into view in late 2008, when Somali pirates hijacked the Saudi very large crude carrier (VLCC) Sirius Star approximately 540 nautical miles (1,000km) east of Mombasa in the Indian Ocean.
Underwriters and shippers are as concerned about what the United States and other powers won't do against Somali pirates, as they are about what the pirates will do against ships they insure, own and operate.
Around 200 of our sailors have been abducted by Somali pirates in the past five years.
The shipping authorities have been asked to probe whether any Indian boats have gone missing and taken over by Somali pirates," P V S Satish, an Indian navy official, said.
Iran's 16th fleet of warships, including the country's first home-made destroyer Jamaran, returned home on Sunday morning after accomplishing a 70-day mission in the Gulf of Aden and the high seas where it defended Iran's cargo ships and oil tankers against attacks by Somali pirates.
Somali pirates have captured a Singaporean container ship in the Indian Ocean near
The European naval force yesterday carried out its first onshore air raid against Somali pirates, destroying speedboats and oil supplies.
The rational for the presence over two-thirds of a century has been the frequent disorderlinees of the region and consequent threat to oil movements, dating back long before the Somali pirate problem.
Somali pirates have released the hijacked UK-owned ship "Asian Glory", whose crew includes 8 Bulgarian sailors.
17 fishermen and sailors of Konarak (a region in Southern Iran) who had been abducted by the Somali pirates in March managed to escape from their hands last week," Director-General of Iran's Fishery Organization Mosen Ali Golshani told FNA on Sunday.
Prates forgotten: Iran's latest two-ship flotilla designed to protect Iranian shipping fom Somali pirates left Bandar Abbas in January.

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