Is There a Copyright Law in Islam?

Major Variola (ret) mv at
Tue Aug 27 10:52:48 PDT 2002

Is there a copyright law in Islam? Some people say
that knowledge is a common property and it cannot be
restricted. They use the Hadith of the Prophet, peace and
blessing be upon him, that "Wisdom is the lost property of a
believer, it is his, wherever he may find it." What do you think
of making copies of computer software?

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