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Booty call

From Napster to high seas adventure, a guide to telling different types of piracy apart

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Ahoy, mateys. Know ye of the growing piracy problem? You’ve read about Napster and online music piracy, but authorities say the original piracy — the high-seas kind — is also on the rise. And Hollywood’s taken notice: Producer John Williams (Seven Years in Tibet) just optioned a book about a modern-day pirate attack in the South China Sea. EW helps you navigate the differences.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE
INTERNET
High-speed modems, MP3s
HIGH SEAS
Speedboats, AK-47s

OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS
INTERNET
Eyestrain; carpal tunnel syndrome in hands
HIGH SEAS
Eye patch; hands replaced by hooks

IMPACT ON MUSIC INDUSTRY
INTERNET
Threatening to make labels obsolete HIGH SEAS
Inspired evergreen favorite ”Yo, ho, ho and a bottle of rum”

SAMPLE PIRATE’S BOOTY
INTERNET
Heavy metal tunes; Prince bootlegs
HIGH SEAS
Precious metals; princesses

SUPPORTERS
INTERNET
Napster-friendly rockers Limp Bizkit
HIGH SEAS
Unfriendly limping pirate Pegleg