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Is pirating games a sin?

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New games these days are being pupped out at insane rate, and most of them have a heafty price tag which i cant afford. I have been pirating games since my entire life and always convinced myself that its not a sin since the developers don't really suffer any kind of physical loss as me not buying a game and pirating it doesn't make a difference to them (as opposed to me stealing something from a shop, which will cause loss to the shop owner). So is it a sin pirating games?

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I would think so, since they made the product with the intention of selling it. If I made a game I would like people to buy it fairly so I can be compensated with my time with money. Perhaps the loss is so insignificant that it's negligible, but if you take even a penny from a billionaire you will be asked about it on Judgement Day.

So whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it. And whoever does an atom’s weight of evil will see it. ~ Az-Zalzalah 99:7-8

 

But I have a solution if money is too tight. Buy a game, play it, then when you're done with it sell it and use that money to buy the next game. That way you get to have your cake and eat it.

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Firstly if it's against the law of your country then you shouldn't be doing it.

Secondly, this idea of 'not suffering a loss' isn't true because a certain amount of time and money is invested to develop such products and they count on your legal purchase to get a return on their investment.

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Question: Can I use cracked apps , which I have not done myself?

Answer: If someone else has cracked the app, you can use it.

 

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.

https://www.sistani.org/english/qa/01153/#25288

 

You should ask your Marja

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