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Do a Google news search on "piracy" today, and what do you find? Articles about the RIAA and electronic piracy won't top the list, as you might have expected. You'll first find a bunch of articles about old fashioned pirates: people who board ships, weapons at the ready, imprison the crew, and make off with cargo or demand a multimillion dollar ransom.

Sound romantic? Among the ships held for ransom within the past few months was one containing relief supplies for the famine in Somalia. The fact is, these guys are simply using force to take from others for their own personal gain - like all armed robbers.

Anyway, if anyone is puzzled by my unwillingness to go see pirate movies, this is why. Piracy is, and has always been, about force, greed, and extortion. I don't like to see it glorified.

Hmf.

Selected article:
http://www.forbes.com/business/2008/09/26/piracy-somalia-hijacking-biz-logistics-cx_wp_0926piracy.html
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