A new religious faith that embraces file sharing has officially been recognized by the government of Sweden. The Church of Kopimism advocates for the free flow of information online, rather than the belief in god(s) or supernatural phenomena.
Rolling Stone’s Matthew Perpetua explains: “Swedish citizens were given the ability to register a faith when the Swedish church and state were separated in 2000. The Swedish government does not need to approve the beliefs of a church to acknowledge its existence.”
Philosophy student Isak Gerson founded The Missionary Church of Kopimism in 2010. After two failed attempts to become recognized–the Church was asked to formalize its prayer or meditation rituals–the proper authorities finally granted the organization official religion status.
The church has about 3000 followers and claims that its flock has increased in number since the religion was officially recognized.
The name of the church, Kopimism, is derived from an online movement in which a Kopimi logo–phonetic for ‘copy me’–can be placed on a website when its runners are willing to have its content copied and shared by others.
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“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,” Isak Gerson told the website torrentfreak.com. “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.”
If well-respected icons like Tom Cruise and Will Smith are free to worship Xemu, the dictator of the ‘Galactic Confederacy’ who, 75 million years ago, brought billions of his people to Earth in a DC-8-like spacecraft, then why shouldn’t Kopimists be allowed to advocate for the sharing of digital content online?
According to at least one country (so far), they finally can.
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