New-Age Piracy

And we're not talking about downloading MP3s.

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In the 21st century, piracy has most commonly been used to refer to music and movies. Global economic woes, though, are giving the word back its prior meaning—indicative of black beards and eye-patches. Recently, off the coast of Kenya and elsewhere in the Indian Ocean, oil tankers have fallen victim to pirates looking for ransom.

Saaret Yoseph is a writer and Assistant Editor at TheRoot.com. She manages and blogs for "Their Eyes Were Watching ..."

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