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Is it permissible to watch a cartoon show that is being aired on an unofficial Instagram.


Assalamu alaikum. I need a fatwa if you can. There is a cartoon show that is being aired on an unofficial Instagram account. The show is a paid one and where I live is very expensive to just watch that show. And the one who will be making the live stream is getting it from the paid channel that is showing it and I think that the channel doesn’t allow this. I have read before that is legal to watch such paid shows. But I don’t know Islam’s opinion about it or I am not sure if I found the answer. What is ruling on this? And will it change if I watch it from sources that are not licensed? Knowing that all of this is legal as I read, and all rights are given to their rightful owners but I don’t know if I am stealing as I am not paying. Answer me please and jazakum Allahu khairan.


Salaamun alaykum

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).
So if it is against the law in your country, then it is not allowed.

Zahra Davdani