Downloading content is illicit, says Turkey’s religious authority

Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs said downloading content, such as software, movies and books, was illicit since it discourages producers, opposition daily Sözcü reported on Sunday.

"Violations of rights also occur in the electronic world. Such unjust behaviours not only usurp the rights of the individuals but also discourage the people who work in these fields to produce new products," Turkey's top religious body, Diyanet, said.

The Diyanet has also issued fatwas, non-binding but religiously authoritative legal opinions, stating that celebrating the new year, playing the lottery, feeding dogs at home, dying moustaches, holding hands in public and purchasing Bitcoin were incompatible with the principles of Islam.