Piracy; pirated goods

2 definitions found for this term.
Definitions are presented in the order source books were published (most recent first).


An international crime consisting of acts of violence or depredation committed by private persons for private ends or profit on the high seas or in areas beyond national jurisdiction.


Abusive terms, used by those who know no better or who have vested interests in a strong intellectual property system, to describe the products of deliberate infringement. These terms are sometimes used more loosely to describe any acts right-holders object to: for example, when British copyright owners complained of U.S. copying of their books in the nineteenth century even though U.S. law permitted this activity.

Scroll to Top