Pirate


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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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They made him understand that his poor rags would do to begin with, though it was customary for wealthy pirates to start with a proper wardrobe.
Then conscience granted a truce, and these curiously inconsistent pirates fell peacefully to sleep.
If we could but reach the ramparts we might find that the pirates somewhere had thinned the guarding forces and left a way open to us to the world without.
Turning, I saw a dozen black pirates dashing toward us from the melee.
Or possibly it might belong to a friendly people, and have wandered by accident almost within the clutches of the pirates and the therns.
The pirates listened grimly, and then replaced the mushroom.
It had passed the redskins, who were now on the trail of the other pirates. It oozed on after Hook.
But the pirates at once were over the side, and by pushing and pulling on the flat-bottomed skiffs, we moved steadily along.
The full moon was partly obscured by high-flying clouds, but the pirates went their way with the familiarity born of long practice.
Nicholas and I returned often and anxiously to the boats with our little loads, but always found some one of the pirates coming or going.
Leaving the pirates at their work, we stole back to the boats.
Two other Whitehalls followed us, and as the moon now shone brightly, we easily made out the oyster pirates on their lonely shoal.