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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pi·ra·cy n.; pl. Piracies
 1. The act or crime of a pirate.
 2. Common Law Robbery on the high seas; the taking of property from others on the open sea by open violence; without lawful authority, and with intent to steal; -- a crime answering to robbery on land.
 Note:By statute law several other offenses committed on the seas (as trading with known pirates, or engaging in the slave trade) have been made piracy.
 3. “Sometimes used, in a quasi-figurative sense, of violation of copyright; but for this, infringement is the correct and preferable term.”