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Originally, piracy was a form of theft, when it referred to the practice of robbing on the high seas, and arguably even when it referred to the harmful practice of copying copyrighted products and selling them, ripping off the developers of the products.

Nowadays, it's a synonym for 'copyright infringement', which is not the same thing as theft. Copying in moderation may well benefit the industries in many circumstances as it increases public awareness of the industries and individual products; it's the mass copying initiatives, and the counterfeit sales, that are most likely eroding sales.

In cracking down on 'piracy' the copyright police are using a sledgehammer to crack a nut, and in pissing off loyal customers with intrusive 'copy protection systems', the concept of copyright law and the relevant industries are giving themselves a bad name.
"All forms of piracy should be lumped together, because they are all illegal, therefore they are all bad, and that is why they are all illegal"

Okay, so piracy is wrong because it's against the law, and it's against the law because it's wrong. That argument doesn't work.
by fwe22 March 15, 2007
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Image you could had anything you wanted for free, anywhere, anytime, as much as you want, pissing off corporative sluts in the process, without needing a gun.

Now imagine you are not a spoiled rich kid like in the above example and you didn't had to ask your fathers for everything, but instead, just turning up your computer and getting a p2p program, that's Piracy baby, it's illegal since they can't tax you.
I can't believe i got 100gbs of music, videogames and movies and didn't payed a single penny, i feel bad for those multi-millionarie bussiness mans, but oh well, piracy has it cons.
by HackItUp June 01, 2010
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An unintended consequence of tormenting clients with DRM
I paid for this software. WTF is this DRM shit slowing software load times and impairing MY use of MY hardware. I wonder if it has been cracked.... oh good, now I can use my software without this gay drm fucking me. Thanks piracy!

DRM rapes users turning them to piracy for relief

Piracy liberates software of shitty code for paying clients

Piracy that deprives the producer of just compensation, however, is wrong.
by FSCK drm January 13, 2012
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to prevent 'intellectual and cultural expressions' from ever reaching the shores of the public domain by continually extending copyright legislation be means of lies, false statistics, propaganda and celebrity-driven campaigning, the duping of gullible or complicit politicians and bribery.
Thanks to continual piracy from various parliaments and lobbying organisations, songs like 'Happy Birthday' and films like Mickey Mouse still have not passed into the public domain.
by mikes_pseudonym November 18, 2009
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The downloading or copying one a copyrighted item. Piracy is achieved through the use of P2P programs, such as Kazaa, Direct Connect, WinMX, BitTorrent, or etc. However, there are a few websites that legitimately offers pirated items.

Through piracy, everything short of nourishment and clothing can be achieved. You can pirate books, music, video games, movies, or software. However, there are a series of argument pertaining to piracy. Such arguments are:

1) Industries - Those bastards are stealing money from us. If we could stop piracy, prices would go down enormously and there would be more jobs due to more demand!

2) Pirates - If we couldn't pirate, we wouldn't buy your overpriced crap anyway! Who the hell is gonna pay $600+ for Photoshop or $200+ for new Windows OS? And "there will be more jobs", my ass! You'll most likely outsource jobs to India for more profit!

3) Litigious Jerk Offs - We'll have those pirating bastards on their knees in no time, but first, we have to find out the age of those we sue! Those goddamn idiotic American people gets all giddy eye every time we sue a little boy for downloading 50 Cent. If we don't, he's going to grow up to be a serial killer!

Basically, the argument boils down to the industries wanting more profit, pirates wanting to spend less, and litigious jerk offs wanting to make more money by suing everyone. So far, the industries are still making enormous profit because the vast majority of people don't know how to pirate. The pirates are still pirating because piracy is virtually impossible to stop. And the jerk offs had been blasted for suing several wrong people, but they managed to scare a lot of people off of Kazaa.
by BusinessMan July 04, 2005
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The act of illegally downloading software. Mostly caused by the fact that corporations are greedy and charge too much. And by the fact that it's almost impossible to find official releases of video games, DVDs and other software outside of Canada, the US, EU and a few other countries.
Dammit, I can't find that DVD in any store, piracy here I come.
What?! 79$ for 30 minute movie?! Fuck that, I prefer piracy.
by Ze Georgian September 01, 2014
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The illegal burning/copying of a copyrighted CD that one bought at a store.
Piracy is ripping 50 Cent off like crazy.
by The Whole Entire World March 12, 2005
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