The image of the classic pirate in the movies has little to do with reality. Most of them spent their life at sea, suffered from severe nutritional disorders, and died young.

But What Is A Pirate?

The definition of a pirate is someone who commits robberies (acts of piracy)at sea, usually without being appointed to do so by any particular nation, and while most of use think of pirates in the era of sailing ships, unfortunately piracy is still commonplace around the world today. Piracy has shifted from its original purpose of stealing to include kidnapping of people for ransom, sabotage, seizing of personal objects (rather than cargo), and murder.

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of pirates in areas of political unrest.

You may be shocked to see the number of acts of piracy and where they happen.

CLICK HERE to view the Live Piracy Map

This map shows all the piracy and armed robbery incidents reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre.

Kids Love Pirate Stories

Luckily for most of us the thought of pirates is a fun person like those we see in the movies, or those from childhood books. We are not exposed to the continuing acts of piracy that happen around the world today.

We are more likely to hear about acts of piracy in the form of internet piracy; downloading movies or music.

Piracy Is Bad For Business

Often we hear people saying that for someone to copy them it is the highest form of flattery; however in business people spend a huge amount of time and often money to create products so to then have someone copy that without your permission can be devastating.

But it happens all the time.

In my role as a mortgage broker I have developed systems and processes that I use with clients to help them pay their mortgage off faster. It is my debt reduction system and we are in the process of making this available online for people.

The risk and challenge for me is to have the system developed and released while still retaining the intellectual property that makes this a unique service offering. If we can price this well and make available to other mortgage brokers then we should be able to make it a viable option for people, but we know that other mortgage brokers will try to copy us – it is just a fact of life.