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noun [U] (MOVIES/MUSIC)    /ˈpaɪ.rə.si/ US  /ˈpaɪr.ə-/
the act of illegally copying a computer program, music, a film, etc. and selling it: software/video piracyForgeryCopying and copiesCopying and copiesForgery
(Definition of piracy noun (MOVIES/MUSIC) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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