Piracy Law and Legal Definition

Piracy is the unauthorized duplication of an original recording for commercial gain without the consent of the rights owner. It includes illegal copying and distributing such things as software, music and movies. Piracy is prohibited by current law.

Maritime Piracy is another type of piracy which consists of any criminal acts of violence, detention, rape, or depredation committed for private ends by the crew or the passengers of a private ship on the high seas against another ship, aircraft, or against persons or property on board a ship or aircraft.