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Sweden Recognizes File-sharing as Official Religion

By - Source: Church of Kopimism | B 44 comments

It's not difficult to find someone who will sing the praises of file-sharing, but it seems the most dedicated file-sharers are taking things to a new level.

This week it was revealed that Sweden now officially recognizes file-sharing as a religion. Dubbed Kopimism, the Church of Kopimism claims that "kopyacting," the act of sharing information through copying, is akin to a religious service. As a result, they've spent the last year campaigning to be officially recognized as a religion.

"For the Church of Kopimism, information is holy and copying is a sacrament," the organization said in a recent statement. "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."

Gustav Nipe, the chairman of the board, said in a press release that the group had to apply three times before it was finally registered as a religious organization by Kammarkollegiet, the Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency. Founded by a 19-year-old philosophy student by the name of Isak Gerson, the Church of Kopimism's principal belief is the right to file-share and its sacred symbols include CTRL+C and CTRL+V.

"The community of kopimi requires no formal membership," the church said in a statement. "You just have to feel a calling to worship what is the holiest of the holiest, information and copy. To do this, we organize kopyactings - religious services - where the kopimists share information with each other through copying and remix."

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    Albyint , January 6, 2012 2:36 AM
    A lo', he strode forth to the mighty custom rig and upon its keyboard he did press CTRL+C then CTRL+V and then he saw that it was good......
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    eklipz330 , January 6, 2012 2:16 AM
    oparadoxical_Is this supposed to be a joke or something? CTRL+C and CTRL+V as religious symbols for a religion of coping information on a computer? I no longer want to live on this planet...

    so religion wasn't any less ridiculous until now?
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    scythe944 , January 6, 2012 2:17 AM
    meh... at least there's one religion out there that kind of makes sense. lol
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    eklipz330 , January 6, 2012 2:16 AM
    oparadoxical_Is this supposed to be a joke or something? CTRL+C and CTRL+V as religious symbols for a religion of coping information on a computer? I no longer want to live on this planet...

    so religion wasn't any less ridiculous until now?
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    scythe944 , January 6, 2012 2:17 AM
    meh... at least there's one religion out there that kind of makes sense. lol
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    Albyint , January 6, 2012 2:36 AM
    A lo', he strode forth to the mighty custom rig and upon its keyboard he did press CTRL+C then CTRL+V and then he saw that it was good......
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    Reynod , January 6, 2012 2:41 AM
    The Internet is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He overclocks my cpu; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (dodgy sites), I will fear no viruses; For You are with me; Your keyboard and Your mouse, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a flat screen before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with liquid nitrogen; My cup runs over (but not as to short out the graphics card). 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Internet Forever.
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    drwho1 , January 6, 2012 2:44 AM
    "For the Church of Kopimism, information is holy and copying is a sacrament," the organization said in a recent statement. "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."


    AMEN.
    LOL
    this is funny, I like to know what MS and every other major software/media maker think about this "religion".
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    cmcghee358 , January 6, 2012 2:49 AM
    Im sure we all understand that file sharing sites will always have a location in Sweden that way the information they illegally distribute will be protected by their religion.

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    liquidchild , January 6, 2012 3:23 AM
    Look everyone.....a religion based on provable facts. I have now seen it all.
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    liquidchild , January 6, 2012 3:26 AM
    "Religious beliefs do not exempt you from the law." It does too. Churches don't pay taxes. As long as its not hurting a human they can do it. Piracy is all about money. If its my religion i should be exempt from paying for it. LULZ
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    QEFX , January 6, 2012 3:27 AM
    I wonder if there's going to be an Apple in their garden of eden?
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    alidan , January 6, 2012 3:49 AM
    goatsetungReligious beliefs do not exempt you from the law."It is my belief that I'm allowed to rob that bank" will not hold up in court. Remember the pirate bay guys were found guilty (which is why the servers moved).


    they werent a religion at the time.
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    agnickolov , January 6, 2012 3:49 AM
    qefxI wonder if there's going to be an Apple in their garden of eden?

    If there were, the holy symbols would be Command+C and Command+V instead of Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V since the latter won't amount to the holy act of copying (which is really annoying when I have to work on a Mac BTW...) Perhaps they can call those the unholy symbols?
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    alyoshka , January 6, 2012 4:08 AM
    "Loosing my religion".... SOPA
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    Anonymous , January 6, 2012 4:09 AM
    I like this idea. I may copy it.
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    JOSHSKORN , January 6, 2012 4:26 AM
    Watch, there will eventually be a church of RIAA, Warner Bros. and a few others and we'll end up with religious wars. Suddenly, this new "religion" won't be so cool again.
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    anonymous32111 , January 6, 2012 5:19 AM
    Honestly.. as hilarious as it is, its kinda true. Information should be treated with more respect but instead i see censorship and patent wars.
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    memadmax , January 6, 2012 5:36 AM
    So........... when do the kopykat crusades start?
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    freggo , January 6, 2012 5:41 AM
    Hang on, let me check my calendar.
    Nope, not April 1st yet...

    Even the Scientologists must crack aa smile about this one :-)
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    woshitudou , January 6, 2012 6:01 AM
    This is a biased PC keyboard religion. If one day there is Mac software worth copying then I demand they write a new testament to include command-C and command-V!
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    madooo12 , January 6, 2012 6:22 AM
    freggoHang on, let me check my calendar.Nope, not April 1st yet...Even the Scientologists must crack aa smile about this one :-)

    maybe they made a new april fools day in january
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