Sweden Has Official New Religion: File Sharing
Believers join Missionary Church of Kopimism
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 5, 2012 5:16 PM CST
Updated Jan 5, 2012 5:33 PM CST
One of the servers of Swedish file-sharing website Pirate Bay is seen exhibited at the Technical Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, April 16, 2009.   (AP Photo/Jessica Gow, SCANPIX)

(Newser) – Sweden may not condone file-sharing—it's still illegal—but the country is officially OK with belief in the practice. Some 3,000 passionate file-sharers have gotten their beliefs recognized as an official religion. The Missionary Church of Kopimism—as in, "copy-me-ism"—has sought official status in Sweden since 2010, and it's finally won the battle, TorrentFreak reports. The decision follows a pair of rejections; authorities wanted Kopimism to define its prayer practices.

"Our main ritual is the act of copying and connecting with each other by sharing information," the church's founder tells Wired. Now, Isak Gerson says, "more people will have the courage to step out as Kopimists. Maybe not in the public, but at least to their close ones." He hopes that the recognition will have an effect on future legislation surrounding file-sharing. Meanwhile, he has some advice for fellow believers: "Keep copying. Maintain hardline Kopimi."

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cascadoux
Jan 5, 2012 10:20 PM CST
They can't touch ours. We have a religion disguised as Christianity, but in truth, the Almighty Dollar is the object of our worship. The only problem we have is that we don't practice Christianity as Jesus preached. We have dominion over other human beings. We promote our differences so as to cause strife and divisiveness. Unlike those of yore, we embrace the dollar of ours, and spare nothing to render valueless, any and all who reminds us that we have strayed. We enact laws to betray the spirit and likeness of the God they claim is Jehovah. We have sold out our humanity and we call it Republicanism. Once again it is late, and my post sounds like blabber. But, this is how I feel now, and like a good Republican, I am okay with that.
Spudsy
Jan 5, 2012 9:00 PM CST
Excellent. Now recognize it here in the US and let us take tax breaks on our computers like the "holy" do with their Sunday social clubs. It is only fair.
pesky_partisans
Jan 5, 2012 8:22 PM CST
File sharing is fun and cheap and so damn easy to do, but let's not kid ourselves: it's highly immoral and unfair to artists everywhere.