Filesharing Is Not a Crime--It's an Official Religion (In Sweden)

Since 2010, the Swedish piracy group Kopomi has been attempting to gain official recognition as a religion, in an interesting attempt to remove the legal stigma from file-sharing. After several repeated and failed attempts, The Missionary Church of Kopomism is now officially registered as a religious organization in Sweden.

Kopomi is Swedish for "Copy Me." Kopomists hold CTRL+C and CTRL+V as sacred symbols and believe that "communication is sacred." The Church was founded by Philosophy student Isak Gerson, who shared something of a manifesto with file-sharing site TorrentFreak in a recent interview:

"A lot of people still worry about going to jail when copying and remixing. I hope in the name of Kopimi that this will changeā€¦ We confessional Kopimists have not only depended on each other in this struggle, but on everyone who is copying information. To everyone with an internet connection: Keep copying. Maintain hardline Kopimi."

The Missionary Church of Kopimism currently has over 3000 members and growing.

[Kopimistsamfundet (Swedish and English) via TorrentFreak]

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