Pirated book when you own a copy

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Hazel
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Pirated book when you own a copy

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Is it unethical to read a scanned version of a book from online when you have purchased an actual copy of that book? This is assuming there is no digital version for sale, rather the digital reproduction was someone scanning the book themself. This is also assuming the book was shared in a way that does not benefit the original pirate when it is downloaded.

Normally I would be against piracy of books, but where in this scenario the book has been purchased I am less clear.

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Hazel
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Re: Pirated book when you own a copy

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It's not OK legally AFAIK, but in terms of ethics, I say knock your socks off. You already shelled out money and the author got paid, so no harm done.
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Re: Pirated book when you own a copy

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IANAL and all, but in many places you are allowed to own a digital copy of a work you already possess, for back-up purposes. Check the law of of your land, it may vary.
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