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piracy

noun [U]
 
 
/ˈpaɪərəsi/
IT, LAW the act of illegally copying computer programs, recordings, films, etc. to sell them at much cheaper prices: combat/crack down on/stamp out piracy Recording companies continue their efforts to combat internet piracy. Despite a recent crackdown, levels of counterfeiting and piracy in the music and video markets remain unacceptably high. copyright/software/video piracy internet/digital/online piracy music/DVD/movie piracy
TRANSPORT the act of illegally attacking a ship and stealing from it: There are reports of another attempt at piracy off the northwestern coast.
(Definition of piracy from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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