I'm trying not to get mad at the guy who suggested maybe we were pirates.
If you go on Fidgit, you'll see that Tom Chick is having the same problem. I highly doubt one of the most well-respected gaming journalists pirated the game.
He has switched to using the cloth map (which he oddly seems to prefer.) He's run a bunch of daily reports on the game. The first one caused a bit of a stir here on the forum. He'll apparently have a review up tomorrow. Luckily, it seems like he likes the game.
Underking, rather than throwing around politely-worded accusations, since you don't seem to be having this issue, maybe you could post your system specs. That would likely be more helpful.