Fatwa No : 132937
Used copied software and wants to repent
Fatwa Date : Rabee' Al-Awwal 21, 1431 / 7-3-2010
All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.
In principle, it is not permissible to copy software programmes whose owners and producers state that ‘all rights reserved’ except with their permission as these are possessed rights whose owners spent money and efforts in producing and publishing them, so copying them is invalidating these rights and spoiling that money and those efforts.
However, some scholars stated that if a person needs to copy a program due to the lack of its original copy or that he is unable to buy it, then it becomes permissible for him to copy it for his own benefit only provided that he does not use it as a means for earning money or trading with it. Here, one should use it only according to the necessity because using it for other purposes than the necessity is a transgression that incurs sin. For more benefit, please refer to Fatwa 85102.
Therefore, if you are not able to recompense the owners of these software programmes and they do not pardon you, then you may just repent and avoid doing this in the future. Also, this includes refraining from obeying your father in downloading these programmes as there is no obedience to a creature in disobeying the Creator.
Allaah Knows best.
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