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Context: Online piracy means downloading of books/games/movies/courses which might be available for sale at some non-zero price. Hinduism has strict rules against stealing. But is online piracy equivalent to stealing?

Opinions: There might be two opposing opinions on this:

  1. Online piracy is downloading a 'copy' of the original content and hence not stealing the actual source.
  2. It is stealing nevertheless as you aren't paying for it.

Question: Is piracy a sin similar to stealing?

  • Yes it is considered as stealing. Online piracy is illegal in countries because it is stealing, and stealing is a sin. – Ikshvaku Feb 28 at 14:16
  • @Ikshvaku First, there are many things that might be legal/illegal by law but considered correct in Hinduism. Second, if you have a book as in electronic format and I copy the same in my phone, you still have that book with you and so nothing is stolen from you. – ThePreserver Feb 28 at 14:20
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    hinduism does not recognize "intellectual property" except in the form of guru dakshina. this Q is off-topic. – S K Feb 28 at 14:24
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    @JohnRay One can learn from a guru only with the guru's permission. One must not secretly listen to his classes without his permission. So yes there is some form of IP in hinduism. – user17987 Feb 28 at 14:37
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    Well you haven't stolen anything. It is jusy a copy of a book. Intellectual property does not exist in Hinduism. So no it is not a sin. – Wikash_ Feb 29 at 0:22

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