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Is downloading paid udemy courses free from a site is halal or haram ?


There are many paid courses on udemy. I came along a site other than torrent that is giving those courses for free and can be downloaded from there. But at the same time that website is putting adds on their website so that they can earn money. Now my question is that is downloading those paid courses from there is halal or haram ?


Salamun Alaykum

Thank you for your question.

Generally the rules regarding copyright lie under the government’s rules and regulations. If your government has no issues regarding the copyright issue then it would be valid otherwise if the author or producer have not allowed then it is problematic as it would be depriving someone of his right.

Rulings regarding copyright according to Ayatullah al-Udhma Sayyid Ali Sistany:

Question: What is the ruling on copying computer software, movies, audio CDs and other such things, which bear the wording “All Rights Reserved” or “Copyright”?

Answer: Copyrights must be respected; it is not permissible, if it is against the law (obligatory precaution).

Question: A lot of books, DVD and software have copyright on them. What is the ruling if I photocopy a book or duplicate a DVD or software for my personal use?

Answer: It is permissible, per se, to make personal use of such copyrighted books and software.

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.


Syed Haider