pirate


pirate
pirate pi‧rate [ˈpaɪərət ǁ ˈpaɪrət] noun [countable] LAW
1. a person or organization that dishonestly copies and sells films, tapes etc for which the copyright (= legal ownership) belongs to others:

• Manufacturers fear that the city may emerge as a new centre for the software pirates.

— pirate verb [transitive] :

• Microsoft Corp. charged that a Shanghai-based company pirated the game programs.

pirated videotapes

2. pirate radio/​TV (station) illegal radio or television broadcasts, or the station sending them out:

• About 80 pirate cable systems have brought US network news into thousands of homes.

3. a person who steals from a ship at sea

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pirate UK US /ˈpaɪrət/ noun [C]
IT, LAW a person or organization that makes illegal copies of software, films, recordings, etc., to sell them at much cheaper prices: »

Copyright laws have introduced tough new sentences for software pirates.

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In order to deal with the pirate industry, technology has had to be supplemented by legislation.

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pirate CD/DVD/software

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pirate movies/music/goods

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pirate copy/download

TRANSPORT a person who attacks ships to steal from them: »

The pirates attempted to board the oil tanker.

pirate radio station — Cf. pirate radio station
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pirate UK US /ˈpaɪrət/ verb [T] IT, LAW
to make illegal copies of software, films, recordings, etc., to sell them at much cheaper prices: »

The factory manager claims his employees are not pirating famous brands.

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More than 90% of all CDs, DVDs, and computer software sold in the region have been pirated.

pirating noun [U]
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the pirating of computer software on the internet


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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