's definition is apt
and correct. Piracy is a crime against property, life, and limb. It commonly involves robbery
. The romantic patch
, wooden leg
, and parrot
image we get from Treasure Island
may be irrelevent today (if it ever was), but piracy is still a problem, especially in Southeast Asia
Piracy is also used as a Newspeak smear word to associate sharing an infinitely renewable resource (usually software) with an actual heinous crime against actual people. It is this kind of dehumanizing that the SPA and the BSA used in their ad campaigns showing "respectable-looking" businessmen or ordinary people, and saying that yes, this is a common criminal, call our hotline and rat them out just like you would any thief or murderer.
Also, piracy is often a misnomer for counterfeiting, particularly music and software, which is a form of fraud.
Do not misuse the word piracy. If you do not like want to say "sharing," you may use the neutral term "illegal copying," or, as Webster 1913 suggests, "copyright infringement."
--I did read definition three. I found it almost humorous how Webster 1913
editorially introduced it as "quasi-figurative" and "incorrect." If you look at the definition, it deprecates
this usage. It's not even a valid metaphor. People get (perhaps rightfully) livid when "rape" is metaphorically bandied about, but at least it is usually a legitimate metaphor. I don't see how marauding
is at all like copyright infringement
. It's a quasi-figurative smear word. And if you know what Newspeak
is, you know it has nothing to do with the word being 90 years old and everything to do with doublethink