Regarding the issue of copyrights, as in many things in the Religion, there is a difference of opinion. And unless one has thoroughly studied the subject he is simply blindly following a Fatwā that he heard or read and should therefore - at minimum - respect the opposing opinion. Below is a question and answer of Shaykh Bin Bāz (in Arabic and translated into English) regarding the issue.
This is actually not a point that requires answering, using what we understand as legitimate difference of opinion does not mean that they are litigate, the truth and understanding of the scholars should he sough and understood in context. If there is for example Shaykh ibn Baz on one side, there are 50 others on the other. The Masala is based on the texts and what is correct not that their is a fatwa that then allows you to take the rights away of authors and publishers. Which you have been illegally and illegitimately violating. To make yourself feel better you assert have not understood the issues besides you and that even if they have an opposing view it is just based on taqlid. This is atrocious and a very poor line of argument, more surprising and astonishing that its come from a Salafi brother!
Since you shared the fatwa of Shatkh Ibn Baz, the brothers heard this fatwa live in the late 90's, so we already know it. Inshallah i will share many others in the posts below, to see how throughly you have actually researched it.
Anyone who is strict against the sharing of the PDFs should exit the group for his/her peace of mind. We will do our best not to harm any authors or publishers but we will share their works when necessary.
This is reckless attitude, they say they will try their best not to harm authors or publishers. The authors and publishers HAVE BEEN SCREAMING OUT THAT WE ARE BEING HARMED. So despite this this reckless and haughty attitude continues.
They then say:
Some books are out of print for many years and the only option is a PDF. Many people live in lands where the actual books do not reach. Many people just do not have the funds. A real student of knowledge will always have the book when he is capable of doing so but when he can’t he will resort to these PDFs. Allāh knows best.
So, look at how when their is no viable islamic lawful justification, we switch and go to the rare and most unique examples of when books are out of print. Thats excellent and a service to ummah to scan these books, no one is stopping you, but to equate this and hide the the scanning of recent books of small Salafi publishers is oppression and affecting Salafi Da'wah. Furthermore, if books are out of print, then just email and say, your book is out of print, we have scanned it and uploaded it. Then when you do share say to people brothers, make a small donation to the people who published it (if they are active) so that they can release more works.
Lack of sales and everyone in the middle trying to make money affect the publishers, scanning their books just makes it so much worse, and if these mature Salafi brothers had even the slightest amount of respect for the Salafi dawn and they wanted the dawn to spread let them publish one book and lets see how they feel.
Many people just do not have the funds
We agree, but we find this is not that significant. The cost of books to other daily products like clothes, shoes, 'sneakers' and a whole host of other amenities is no where near books. Brothers spend more on a meal out. Yes some book prices are very high and those who have prices that are that high should work on it. However, when people keep scanning books, the publishers raise their prices to cover costs, so illegal scanners and uploaders are to blame for it.
Furthermore, i don't know of any publisher that wants publish only a handful of books, given the circumstances they would want to publish more and keep the prices low, but these people harm them so much under the guise of helping the poor student.
You talk about poor students, we give snd ship free books to ever needs them and we don't even ask for a single penny, not even for postage and packaging. If people order books, we sent them other books for dawn and ask them to give them out. We keep our prices as low as possible. Book prices that the sufis and innovators would charge double or triple the amount.
Instead of understanding the situation and making modifications of your ethos and ethics, you show reckless attitude and claim you will continue to share the books. Brother, we are not stupid that you can use irrelevant and non-pertinent examples to justify your operations that not only do they violate rights of Muslims but also your Salafi brothers, who aim to get books out to people and defend the Salafi creed and Manhaj. We have over 50 books that we want to print, but since you scanned the books, we can't generate the money soon enough to publish other books. The claim that student of knowledge who are into books, will always buy books is true, but at the same token your encouraging those who should be reading and buying books to wait and get the PDF.
We are publishers don't tell us whats right and wrong, the islamic law and rights are on our side, as you shall come to know. We share books for free, and distribute them not you. Our books have been printed without our permission in far countries, we don't say anything because they are not in the west and people will benefit, yet you come and tell us you are the saviours and helping the umma with your scans.
you have not spoken with the truth about these matters, and i will continue to shed light in future posts when i have time. For example the claim you take from sunniconnect is not true. They share books of deviants. As for ISIS, because you don't even the reality it is pointless telling you, but i do suggest look into he matter properly.
we even give books FREE, people can order FREE books from us and we can't do this if you still have that poor attitude. At one time we had 4-5 free books. Its really sad and upsetting that takfirois have bene doing this to salamis for years and your just like them, so this is the equation you got upset about.
The sunni connect has pdfs of Sayyid Qutb's In The Shade Of The Quran Fi Dhilal Al Quran Syed Qutb, this is deviance we are talking about, and this is your salafi dawah, i think its poor and no excuses.