a) 95% of the (computer) software in Pakistan is ‘pirated’, is it permissible to use ‘cracked’ (engineer the program to make it usable without PAYING for it). for example an orignal Windows Installation CD costs about 100$ (6,000 Pak Rupees approx.) and a pirated cd would cost only 25 Pak rupees (not even 0.5$) b) does is make any difference if the software company belongs to a Hurbi Kaafir (e.g. Israel) c) If someone uses a ‘cracked’ (stolen) software downloaded from the internet to record audio cds and then selling them. will the income form these cds HALAAL? d) what does Islam say about ‘copyright’? (specially in DEENI BOOKS,CDs)
The practise of pirating registered software and copyrights is not permissible.
The sale of such software is not permissible. The proceeds of such sales will also not be permissible.
and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
This answer was collected from Askimam.org, which is operated under the supervision of Mufti Ebrahim Desai from South Africa.