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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 noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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