I got a book from school library which I wish to scan and distribute among my friends. My intention is to help my friends in my upcoming exam. Would this be considered haram or halal?

Would the same result apply to distributing an ebook (pdf) which someone else scanned/bought?

  • Why would it be haram?
    – Bilalm
    Mar 25, 2015 at 14:26
  • The author has the phrase: "All right reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanic including photocopy, recording or any information storage and retrieval system , without permission in writing from the publisher or under license from the copyright Licensing Agency Limited..." Mar 25, 2015 at 14:30
  • similar questions: islam.stackexchange.com/questions/5602/breaking-copyright
    – مجاهد
    Mar 26, 2015 at 14:28

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Muslims are required to abide by the law of the land in whatever country they may be living. If you are living in a country where copyright is protected by law and you do not respect the law then you are performing a haram act.

  • I have checked the law and it is allowed for examination and instruction purposes. Mar 26, 2015 at 1:15
  • In that case there is no problem, as long as you do not try to sell it.
    – aasheq
    Mar 26, 2015 at 8:38
  • uh, yeah, @aasheq, you pointed it out nicely. Actually "Muslims are required to abide by the law of the land in whatever country they may be living" (if is not haram...) / So, your answer can be deserved +1 in spite of being brief answer. Good luck mate. Sep 26, 2015 at 9:23

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