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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?

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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
FATWA DEPT.

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