Are Muslims allowed to break copyright? I mean using a software, watching a movie, listening a music or reading an e-book - that are supposed to be paid - without purchasing them.

Does it depend to the laws of the country a Muslim is living?

Answers containing the views of different scholars/schools are more than welcome.

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    See also: islam.stackexchange.com/questions/600/… - which seems to basically say "no, that is not ok" Commented Dec 2, 2012 at 6:32
  • When it comes to matters of learning and gaining knowledge scholars have different opinions, as hiding knowledge is considered a sin. Some would consider the later and say it is allowed if it is done to gain knowledge, others would say if there's any clear sign or quote that there's a copyright one should accept that and refrain from copying nevertheless. For other purposes the matter seems clearer unless there's a need (a trial of death or life) and this would hardly be the case for movies etc..
    – Medi1Saif
    Commented Jul 27, 2018 at 6:09


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