Legal Definition and Related Resources of Piracy

Meaning of Piracy

Acts of robbery and violence committed upon the sea, without lawful authority . The term piracy is now extended to include acts of robbery or violence committed against an aircraft . Also, the term is used to denote an infringement of copyright .

Piracy Alternative Definition

In Criminal Law. A robbery or forcible depredation on the high seas, without lawful authority, done animo furandi, in the spirit and intention of universal hostility. 3 Wheat. (U. S.) 610; 5 Wheat. (U. S.) 153, 163; 3 Wash. C. C. (U. S.) 209. This is the definition of this offense by the law of nations. 1 Kent, Comm. 183. A pirate is one who roves the seas in an armed vessel, without any commission from any sovereign, and for the purpose of seizing by force and appropriating to himself every vessel whiph he may meet Trial of Savannah Privateers, p. 371. TJie commission upon the high seas of such acts of robbery and depredation as would, if committed on land, have amounted to a felony. 4 Bl. Comm. 72. In Torts. By piracy is understood the plagiarisms of a book, engraving, or other work for which a copyright has been taken out. When a piracy has been made of such a work, an injunction will be granted. 4 Ves. 681; 5 Ves. 709; 12 Ves. 270. See Copyright.

Related Entries of Piracy in the Encyclopedia of Law Project

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Piracy in Historical Law

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Piracy in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of piracy.


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  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police
  • Law Enforcement Agency

Further Reading



Piracy in Global Commerce Policy

In this regard, a definition of this issue is as follows: unauthorized copying of materials protected by intellectual property rights (such as copyright, trademarks, patents, geographical indications, neighbouring rights, etc.) for commercial purposes and unauthorized commercial dealing in copied materials. See also bootlegging and fair-use doctrine.[1]

Piracyin the wold Encyclopedia

For an introductory overview on international trade policy, see this entry.


Notes and References

  1. Dictionary of Trade Policy, “Piracy” entry (OAS)

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