Pearl of Wisdom

'He expresses information but not through a tongue or voice. He listens but not with the holes and organs of hearing. He speaks but does not utter words; He remembers but does not learn... When He wishes to create something, He says to it 'Be' and it is , but not through a voice that can strike the ears, nor a calling that can be heard. Rather, His speech, Glory be to Him, is an act of His that he creates and incorporates, which did not exist before, for were it an ever-existing thing it would be a second god.'

Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib [as]
Nahj al-Balagha, Sermon 186

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Question : #598 Category: Miscellaneous
Subject: copyright softwares
Question: can a person use pirated software for islamic and other personal use not for sins or make a copy of it but not to sell it as you know that original softwere is costly even operating systems like windows XP windows 7 can be brought pirated what does ayatullah sistani says baout this?
Answer: According to Sayyed Sistani, copyrights must be respected; it is not permissible to copy a software product, if it is against the law.

So if someone else has cracked the software, you can use it but you are not allowed to copy or burn it into another compact disc.
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"So if someone else has cracked the software, you can use it but you are not allowed to copy or burn it into another compact disc. "

So this clearly means it is OK to buy/get Stolen things from your friend, because you didn't stole them. but you are not allowed to pass on the stolen things? This doesn't seems right at all.

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Secondly everyone has to agree to the End user license agreement while installing any software, that clearly mentions copyright laws, what you say then?

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