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Author:  Pinhas Eliyahu
E-mail:  pinhaseliyahu@yahoo.com
Date:  5/15/2003 12:38:00 PM
Subject:  MP3 Confusion
Message:  Rabbi Abadi,

Regardless of copyright laws, is it permissible al pi halacha to purchase a music CD and distribute copies of it freely (or for a fee) and not compensate the CD's maker?

Do such concepts even exist in our halacha regarding copyright/trademark issues? Or, al pi halacha, does buying a product entitle the buyer to do whatever s/he pleases with it, even to resell it for profit (assuming there are no civil copyright/trademark laws in place)?

Reply:  no copyright laws in our Choshen Mishpat.

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