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Halakhah and Music/Film Downloading

The IP Factor has a report of a seminar on Jewish Law and Music/Film Downloading from the internet. The seminar featured Rabbis Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg, Shlomo Dzialowski, and Yitzhak Halevi Clab. All of them pointed out that according to civil law illegal downloads are just that, illegal, so this is enough to prohibit it. From a theoretical perspective of Jewish law, all three of them said that it was prohibited, with two describing it as stealing and one prohibiting it because the creator wasn’t compensated.

One Response to “Halakhah and Music/Film Downloading”

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    Yitzhak:

    RZNG’s classic Tehumin article on copying recordings without the owner’s permission is available online (free) from Zomet:

    http://www.zomet.org.il/?CategoryID=265&ArticleID=263&Page=1

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