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Piracy is a war-like act committed by private parties (not affiliated with any government) that engaged in acts of robbery and/or criminal violence at sea. The term can include acts committed in other major bodies of water or on a shore. It does not normally include crimes committed against persons traveling on the same vessel as the actor (e.g. one passenger stealing from others on the same vessel). The term has been used to refer to raids across land borders by non-state actors. Piracy should be distinguished from privateering, which was a legitimate form of war-like activity by non-state actors, authorized by their national authorities, until this form of commerce raiding was outlawed in the 19th century.


Maritime piracy, according to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) of 1982 (38 years ago), consists of any criminal acts of violence, detention, or depredation committed for private ends by the crew or the passengers of a private ship or aircraft that is directed on the high seas against another ship, aircraft, or against persons or property on board a ship or aircraft. Piracy can also be committed against a ship, aircraft, persons, or property in a place outside the jurisdiction of any state, in fact piracy has been the first example of universal jurisdiction. Nevertheless today the international community is facing many problems in bringing pirates to justice.

In popular culture

Pirates are a frequent topic in fiction and are associated with certain stereotypical manners of speaking and dress, some of them wholly fictional: "nearly all our notions of their behavior come from the golden age of fictional piracy, which reached its zenith in 1881 (139 years ago) with the appearance of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island." Some inventions of Pirate culture such as "walking the plank" were popularized by J. M. Barrie's novel, Peter Pan, where Captain Hook's pirates helped define the fictional Pirate archetype. Robert Newton's portrayal of Long John Silver in Disney's 1950 (70 years ago) movie adaptation of Treasure Island also helped define the modern rendition of a Pirate, including the stereotypical "pirate" accent. Other influences include Sinbad the Sailor, and the recent Pirates of the Caribbean movies have helped kindle modern interest in piracy and have succeeded quite handsomely in box office grosses.

The classic Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance focuses on The Pirate King and his hopeless band of pirates on the South coast of England. The Pirate King is often believed to be inspiration for Jack Sparrow. One of the stereotypical features of a Pirate, the eye patch, dates back to the Arab Pirate Rahmah ibn Jabir al-Jalahimah who wore it after losing an eye in battle in the 18th century.

Pirates are also common mascots and names of sports teams.


The 1950 (70 years ago) movie adaption of Treasure Island, as well as the 1954 (66 years ago) sequel Long John Silver, both starring Robert Newton, are considered highly influential on the modern perception of early pirates.

The Black Pirate, a 1926 (94 years ago) movie starring Douglas Fairbanks.
Captain Blood, a 1935 (85 years ago) movie starring Errol Flynn.
The Sea Hawk, a 1940 (80 years ago) movie starring Errol Flynn.
The Black Swan, a 1942 (78 years ago) movie starring Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, and Anthony Quinn.
Treasure Island, a 1950 (70 years ago) adaptation of Stevenson's book, starring Robert Newton.
Anne of the Indies, a 1951 (69 years ago) adventure movie loosely based on the life of Anne Bonny (Jean Peters) with Louis Jourdan and Thomas Gomez as Blackbeard.
The Crimson Pirate, a 1952 (68 years ago) adventure film, starring Burt Lancaster.
Long John Silver, a 1954 (66 years ago) sequel to Treasure Island, starring Robert Newton.
The animated movies of Japanese director Leiji Matsumoto include several Pirate characters, including Captain Harlock and Queen Emeraldas, the best known of these pieces being Galaxy Express 999 (1977, 43 years ago) and Space Battleship Yamato (1974, 46 years ago).
Pirates of the XXth Century, a 1979 (41 years ago) Soviet adventure movie about modern piracy.
The Island (1980, 40 years ago), a movie based on Peter Benchley's novel.
The Pirate Movie (1982, 38 years ago), an Australian movie loosely based on The Pirates of Penzance, stars Christopher Atkins and Kristy McNichol.
Nate and Hayes, a 1983 (37 years ago) movie based on the adventures of the notorious Bully Hayes, a Pirate in the South Pacific in the late 19th century. Also known as Savage Islands.
Yellowbeard A 1983 (37 years ago) movie starring Graham Chapman as Yellowbeard the Pirate
Pirates, a 1986 (34 years ago) Roman Polanski comic/adventure movie starring Walter Matthau.
The Princess Bride A 1987 (33 years ago) movie adaptation of the William Goldman novel that has "The Dread Pirate Roberts" as one of its central characters.
Cutthroat Island, a 1995 (25 years ago) Renny Harlin movie that was a notable flop, starring Geena Davis
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (10 pics) (2003, 17 years ago), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (10 pics) (2006, 14 years ago) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (27 pics) (2007, 13 years ago), movies based on the popular Disneyland attraction, "Pirates of the Caribbean".
Pirates of Treasure Island, a 2006 (14 years ago) movie adaptation of the novel Treasure Island produced by The Asylum.



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