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"if someone posted a copyrighted book accessible online, what does halacha say about printing it? I'm worried about Gezeilah on the one hand, but perhaps since there is no loss to the owner it doesn't fall under this category".

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  • The secular legal question is out of scope for this site. For the halachic question: what is your concern that brings you to ask this question?
    – magicker72
    Nov 15 '21 at 3:23
  • @magicker72 Thank you for responding. Is it Gezeilah since many of the Seforim are likely copyright? Or perhaps since there is no loss to the owner it doesn't fall under this category. Or any other issues/Heteirim that I can't think of.
    – Chaim L.
    Nov 15 '21 at 3:27
  • You're better off phrasing your question more generally: "if someone posted a copyrighted book accessible online, what does halacha say about printing it? I'm worried about gezeila on the one hand, but perhaps since there is no loss to the owner it doesn't fall under this category". You can edit your question if you'd like. I can't speak for all of the books on Hebrewbooks, but there are indeed thousands of books on there that are not under copyright.
    – magicker72
    Nov 15 '21 at 3:31
  • @magicker72 Do you know how to figure out if an individual Sefer is copyright, or is this beyond the scope of this site?
    – Chaim L.
    Nov 15 '21 at 3:42
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    Impossible to answer in general. Many Seforim writers want maximum publicity and reach for their Torah, and would be happy for others to print. Typically they don’t sell their works. There are even email lists that will send around new seforim of this type. Others are works being commercially sold and shouldn’t be printed. The copyright notice at the beginning of the book should guide you
    – mbloch
    Nov 15 '21 at 4:20

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