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Question & Answer » Copyrights

1 Question: What is the ruling on copying computer software, movies, audio CDs and other such things, which bear the wording “All Rights Reserved” or “Copyright”?
Answer: Copyrights must be respected; it is not permissible, if it is against the law (obligatory precaution).
2 Question: A lot of books, DVD and software have copyright on them. What is the ruling if I photocopy a book or duplicate a DVD or software for my personal use?
Answer: It is permissible, per se, to make personal use of such copyrighted books and software.
3 Question: Can I use cracked apps , which I have not done myself?
Answer: If someone else has cracked the app, you can use it.
4 Question: Is it permissible to sell pirated programs, DVDS, and software?
Answer: If it is against the law, it is not permissible but you can use them.
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