Is the violation of Copyright Act of Books permissible in Islam?

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I am a student in University of Texas, USA… I want to know that in all countries the origional books are quite expensive… So the students use to make a photocopy or a duplicate print of the copy which is illegal considering copyright act…. Is it permissible in Islam?


Copying Computer software programmes is a violation of copyright laws, hence, not permissible.

If the act does not prohibit photocopying for personal use, then it will be permissible.

and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

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