Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Piracy (Intellectual Property) Definition:

Unauthorized duplication of an matter protected by intellectual property.

Related Terms: Piracy (Maritime Law), Pirate, Intellectual Property

See, also, the legal definition of piracy in the context of maritime law.

Piracy is also used in the context of intellectual property, to refer to the unauthorized use of protected material, especially material protected by copyright.

In Kiss Catalog v. Passport International, Justice Fischer of the United States District Court (California) wrote:

"Bootlegging is the making of an unauthorized copy of a commercially unreleased performance, and is distinct from piracy, which is an unauthorized duplication of an authorized recording."

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