Please read an opinion on the matter from a Shaykh by the name of Shaykh Sulayman Ibn Nasir Al-‘Ulwan.
- This is a contemporary issue in which the Scholars have differed.
- Some have unrestricted rejected the idea, some have unrestricted accepted the idea, and some have explained it according to details.
- His conclusion was that things that aren't your work cannot be copyrighted, such as works from the Scholars of the passed, like if someone takes it and claims rights to the work itself because the person happened to publish it.
- If the person does the work himself, he has the right to copyright it in terms of buying and selling, in that it is not allowed for anyone to copy it and make money off of it except with his permission.
- If someone wants to copy it in order to learn or teach, spread Da'wah, etc. he has the right to do so even if it is copyrighted, but cannot make money off of it. Also, if he can pay, he should, as it took time and money for the thing to be written and published to begin with.
Wa Allaahu A'lam
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