Muftis opinion on copyright of Islamic materials

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Assalamu alaykum respected Mufti.
I would like to inquire about your opinion on copyright on Islamic materials, for example books and recordings of audio lectures. As far as I am aware there is no agreed upon stance on which all Deobandi scholars agree, some like Mufti E. Desai and Mufti M.T. Uthmani seem to be pro-copyright while some like Mawlana A.S. Desai and you seem to be against copyright.
I usually follow Mufti Ebrahim Desai’s fatwas but I would like to know if there is any leeway for me concerning the issue of copyright on Islamic materials? In Europe we find ourselves flooded by cheap or even free booklets distributed by deviant groups like Modernists, fake-Sufis, etc. and I think this should be countered by Sunni Muslims uploading authentic books on Islam and various Islamic issues to the Internet on a massive scale. I do not switch muftis due to nafs or out of personal benefit but due to honestly thinking it to be a viable way to propagate the Ahlu-s-Sunnah.
Is it permissible to scan Islamic books and then upload them to the Internet in order to propagate the authentic teachings and correct understanding of Islam? (although local country laws clearly prohibit doing this)

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Asked on March 6, 2010 12:00 am
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Answered on March 6, 2010 12:00 am