File-Sharing Is Recognized As An Official Religion In Sweden…Seriously.
I have a feeling this was a pretty ingenious way of encouraging the government to stay out of their business based on religious grounds. File-sharing, is in fact, illegal in many countries. The people who created the files (whether they be music, movies, programs, etc.) are not making a profit based on the person who is sharing the file is not collecting anything in return. Therefore, the person who is having the file shared with them has to pay nothing for something that generally costs money.
Since 2010 a group of self-confessed pirates have tried to get their beliefs recognized as an official religion in Sweden. After their request was denied several times, the Church of Kopimism – which holds CTRL+C and CTRL+V as sacred symbols – is now approved by the authorities as an official religion. The Church hopes that its official status will remove the legal stigma that surrounds file-sharing.
Isak Gerson is a file-sharer and does so religiously which led to him finding The Missionary Church of Kopimism in 2010. After becoming established, they submitted a request to be officially accepted by the authorities. They were rejected twice and asked to explain their form of prayer or meditation before the council finally accepted their request.
“I think that more people will have the courage to step out as Kopimists. Maybe not in the public, but at least to their close ones,” Isak tells TorrentFreak. “There’s still a legal stigma around copying for many. A lot of people still worry about going to jail when copying and remixing. I hope in the name of Kopimi that this will change.”
They’ve grown their members from 1,000 to 3,000 and hope that number increases with time. If you’re interested, join the movement, free of charge (unlike some other greedy religions).
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