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Sistani's Office Response on Downloading/Printing Books That We Don't Own

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Hello again everyone. A couple of months ago I asked about downloading or printing books that are not available for purchase due to restrictions in Iraq making it very hard to acquire them which you can view here

I then sent the following question to Sistani's office :


Peace be upon you.
I live in Iraq and we don't have services like Amazon to buy books from(both physical & electronic), which means that I either download them for free from the Internet, or ask for someone else to order them from another country and then ship them to Iraq. This means that the book can double or triple in price.

I found that some pages print theses books in a professional manner and sell them and I found out that they don't have any permissions from the publisher or the original author. Can I buy these books (They are math and computer science related books) and if I can buy them, does this means that I can download such books and print them myself.

I would like to add that I don't have any knowledge about Iraq's copyright law and whether or not it is legal to do so, but at any rate, there is no enforcement of any kind of copyright law leading me to believe that there isn't any law concerning the copyright of foreign or local authors.

They responded with the following:


In the Name of God, the Most High

You can use then for personal purposes.

May Allah grant you success.


Istifta Section - Office of His Eminence Al-Sayyid Ali Al-Sistani


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