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."