The following things can be done
- Comment on the answer -
Please cite the source of your answer. This seems to be picked up from somewhere.
Also if you have editing privileges and you know the source you can edit it yourself.
- Downvote (and announce on chat for others to down vote. No forcing though.)
Flagging is an option but keep it only as the last resort.
Well then you would ask me -
I’ve heard that Islamic knowledge cannot be copyrighted. So how can it be considered piracy to use Islamic texts?
Allah says in the Quran
Allah says: "Indeed, Allah commands you to render trusts to whom they are due and when you judge between people to judge with justice. Excellent is that which Allah instructs you. Indeed, Allah is ever Hearing and Seeing.." [Sûrah al-Nisâ': 58] (The Qur’anic quotations contained herein are from the Saheeh International translation.)
Here even Allah says to respect those people whom you have some due. I mean to say that the translations / articles are the hard work of the authors, you cannot just pick them up without giving them credit. You cannot be called a righteous Muslim in that case.
The general trend of Muslims (or any other sect) is to freely distribute religious texts, but they don't realize that every publication has production costs like office cost, storage cost, printing costs, etc to bear.
Copyrighted material is a trust that must be respected. When you freely distribute stuff you harm those involved in its production. Thus,it would be great if you protect these rights by adhering to them.
I would like to suggest a thing -
Whenever you quote something from some site in your answer please post the authors name as well as the link to that page .
And in the case of Quran translation please write which translations are being used. like if you use
Saheeh International translation you are requested to write -
The Qur’anic quotations contained herein are from the Saheeh International translation. (as stated by this website here). This should apply to other translations as well.
As said by Marc Gravell in the comments -
However, the key point is "observing the rules / policy of the source / author", rather than including a particular phrase. A different source could have a very different policy, anywhere from "copy, have fun" to "do not copy it at all"
So please make it a point to check the FAQ to see for "content usage" or "copyright restrictions".
Thank you. May Allah guide you onto the right path.