<sound of me being mostly speechless>
Sweden recognises new file-sharing religion KopimismFile-sharing is a religious ceremony according to the church leader
A “church” whose central tenet is the right to file-share has been formally recognised by the Swedish government.
The Church of Kopimism claims that “kopyacting” – sharing information through copying – is akin to a religious service.
The “spiritual leader” of the church said recognition was a “large step”.
But others were less enthusiastic and said the church would do little to halt the global crackdown on piracy.
For the Church of Kopimism, information is holy and copying is a sacrament. Information holds a value, in itself and in what it contains, and the value multiplies through copying. Therefore, copying is central for the organisation and its members.
Being recognized by the state of Sweden is a large step for all of kopimi. Hopefully, this is one step towards the day when we can live out our faith without fear of persecution, says Isak Gerson, spiritual leader of the Church of Kopimism.
So at least they’re admitting they’re doing this in an attempt to avoid persecution for copying….