Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,
As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)
One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
wht is the islaamic ruling on using pirated sorftware on the computer?
eg using illegal programs of microsoft word etc..
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Islam and the Shariah protects the rights of the person who develops or invents a product and his right to benefit from that product in a just way. If some person or company has strived to invent something, then it is their right to market and benefit from that product. If someone steals that product and uses it without the permission of the company or person who invented it, then it would be deemed illegal in Islamic Law.
In a just Islamic State, it would be the responsibility of the authorities to check and regulate the benefits that a person makes from his product; where he would not be allowed to monopolize his product in such a way that he does not permit others to develop a competing product; nor would he be allowed to over-charge and take undue advantage of the users.
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Your Brother in Islam,