Digital piracy is the illegal act of duplicating digital goods, software, digital documents, digital audio (including music and voice), and digital video for any purpose other than to backup, without explicit permission from, and compensation to, the copyright holder—copyright being the legal right granted to an author, or distributor, to exclusive publication, production, and sale. Yet not all copyright infringement is piracy, for example, singing a cover of a copyrighted song is not piracy; this is simply copyright infringement. Recording a song from the radio, transferring it to a tape, vinyl, or CD, and then distributing to a few people or even to friends is physical piracy. By the same token, recording a video of a movie watched at the theater or at home and ...

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