Nowadays, we find some websites who provides free downloading of islamic books.
Actually they scan the entire book and upload on the website.
That, without asking to the publisher, author…
Moreover these books are islamic books.
So is this halaal?
Can we download a book from these websites but having bought the exact same book (same editor, same title, same author, same year of publication) before? What are the limits of use?
Can we download these book for free without buying the actual book?
Can we teach from these free books (from reliable books of course) ?
Can we distribute them freely (in electronic format or after printing it) ?
Can we print and buy these books ?
Please give me a detailed answer. Enven if it takes time 🙂 .
In the name of Allah the Most Gracious the Most Merciful
The answer to your question is as follows:
The copyrighted books are protected and it is not allowed to upload them on the net without permission of the author or publisher. Nevertheless the books that don’t have copyright protected can be uploaded and downloaded without permission of author or publisher etc.; when it is allowed then uploading such free books on the net will benefit you and the readers can download such books for seeking profit.
And Allah Knows Best
Darul Uloom Waqf Deoband
This answer was collected from the official website of Darul Uloom Deoband Waqf. The institution is based in India and the answers are provided in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh.