If someone is finding it hard to get hold of an out of print sefer, and it is prohibitively expensive to get it on a special order, would their friend, who owns the sefer, be allowed to scan the pages/sections of the sefer they need to aid in their learning, or is this stealing from the author/publisher? What's the difference between this and lending the sefer to the person? Does it make a difference if the friend lends the sefer and the person scans it himself?

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    Are you asking about halacha or secular copyright laws? You might find jlaw.com/Articles/copyright1.html and the next two pages of the article to be of interest
    – Henry
    Jul 11 at 16:05
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  • Dina d'Malchuta Dina. FYI, unless you are talking about a recent, living author, classical content is most likely in what is considered the public domain. Specifically in regard to Chabad Chassidut, consider the consequence of the court case fought and won by the Rebbe in regard to Didan Netzach. To whom does the Rebbe's library belong? And in that context, take to heart the close of the 2nd Yehi Ratzon in Birchot HaShachar. Jul 11 at 16:55
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    Most books contain a statement there should be no copying without written permission from the publisher. My experience is that when permission is requested from the publisher for the specified purpose, permission is granted. I advise this. Jul 11 at 16:56
  • Those statements are aimed at mass copying with intent for resale. Also, they are only relevant to typesetting and layout, not public domain content. Jul 11 at 16:59


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