Modern Piracy With A Breif History
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Modern Piracy With A Breif History
Piracy With A Breif History
Piracy is usually determined as a seizure
of property (ship, airplane or software) that holds no commission from
the owner ("Piracy" 1). It is mostly linked to the dirty, bearded
men that sailed the seven seas and robed merchant ships or ships that carried
a valuable cargo. This however, was not the case in the late eighties
and is definitely not the case today in the nineties. Now software
pirates copy software without the permission of the company for their own
personal benefits. Since piracy interrupts trade between nations
it has been considered to be an offense against international law ("Piracy"
1). While the pirates in the medieval age roamed for plunder on the
high seas, pirate radio and television stations broadcast, unauthorized
software pirates copy to save money and even if one form vanished, another
would soon take its place.
Although the roots of piracy go as far
as 102 BC the true sea pirates golden age was between the time periods
of the very late 1600’s and the year of 1923 when almost all pirates suddenly
disappeared. Pirates attacked the Romans as early as 100 BC. This
was not as rough as the future pirates would be, but the idealism of piracy
was present. The so-called piracy’s golden age started in 1695 when
the first famous pirate, Henry Every, began seizing sizable treasures in
the Red Sea and this made him an idol to many unemployed seamen in England.
Piracy offered no more risks than being on board an ordinary merchant or
privateering (which is often confused with piracy) vessel and the returns
could be indescribably greater than in trade or attacking enemy ships.
This started an increase in the number of pirates. Soon, in some
parts of the world, for example Nassau, there were so many pirate vessels
sailing the seas that the trade between the colonies and the outside world
was nonexistent because all the goods ended up in the pirate vessels.
Although their ways were inhumane and sometimes highly brutal, they had
some sort of passion to sail the unknown and break the law to fight a war
on the ordinary world. Some pirates were famous for their incredible
brutality or for their otherwise colorful personalities: Edward Teach (alias
Black Beard), who terrorized the coastline of North Carolina in 1716-1718;
Captain Kidd who was more known for his highly publicized trial than his
wrongdoings; and Bartholomew Roberts who was the last and the most barbarous
pirate captain of the golden age. Before there had been thousands
of pirates at large, but after Roberts’ capture, they all disappeared.
It was not the lack of plunder because there were still many merchant ships
sailing between nations with valuable cargo. Also, the conditions in merchant
and navy ships were as severe as before so there was still a great reason
to turn to piracy. It was called the golden age because at this time there
were more pirates (not to mention the number of the well know pirates)
than ever before and their amount of plunder was far greater than any other
period in history. From this time period the original term "piracy"
got its name and fame.
This statement been said, "Piracy could
never be completely gotten rid of." This is a very true statement.
It did take a long time, now pirates have set sail again and this time
in cyberspace (The Internet). Their vessels are no longer ships filled
with gunpowder and cannons, but desktop and laptop computers. Software
piracy has existed as long as software itself, but it has not had a notable
effect before the late1980’s. The pirating of software just got easier
as hardware became more advanced. The development of the modem has
allowed the computer to transmit and receive data. Due to this technological
advancement pirates (modern term Hackers) have been able to put pirated
software on webpages and websites around cyberspace. These webpages
and websites offer the newest and most popular games and programs available
for downloading. The downloading and these pages and sites are almost
or completely free. This of course is illegal because the game manufacturer
has a copyright on the product. The pages or sits are not operated
or used by hardened criminals, but youths that just cannot afford the amazingly
high priced games and programs. The software companies add to the
price of the software because of the losses due to piracy. This then,
increases the number of pirates because of the sky rocketing of the prices.
Some good has also come
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