Shafaqna – (Shia International News Association) – The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered some questions regarding “copyrights”. According to Shafaqna the questions and answers are as follows:
1Question: What is the ruling on copying computer software, movies, audio CDs and other such things, which bear the wording “All Rights Reserved” or “Copyright”? Does this rule apply equally to Muslim made products and those made by non-Muslim individuals or companies?
Answer: Copyrights must be respected; it is not permissible to copy a software product, if it is against the law.
2Question: A lot of Islamic books and software have copyrights on them. What is the Islamic view of copyrights? If I photocopy a book or duplicate a CD with a copyright am I doing a sin?
Answer: Copying or duplicating a book or software without their owner’s permission is not permissible.
3Question: Can I use cracked CD software?
Answer: If someone else has cracked the software, you can use it but you are not allowed to copy or burn it into another compact disc.