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I would like to know if downloading free, pirated programs to edit photos or videos is considered as stealing from the company who made them. Is it permissible for me to download a professional program to edit in a better way the pictures that I post on Facebook? May Allah bless you.

Shaykh Adil As-Sayed:

In the case of a copyrighted product, such as a software or book, if you are going to use it for a personal purpose and you are not going to resell it or profit from it, then it is allowed to use it for your own self. But do not take this product as a trade. Do not copy it and sell it for profit. Just use it for personal use. This is allowed.



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