Sweden: Pro-Piracy Group “The Missionary Church of Kopimism” becomes official religion

Huh, different:

The Missionary Church of Kopimism has one central belief: that it’s okay to copy information, in any form.

And now the church of file-sharing has finally succeeded in its bid to be recognized as a religion in Sweden, according to a press release from the group and a report on Torrent Freak that is being widely cited. The new development would mark a turnaround for the group begun by philosophy student Isak Gerson.

The group’s two previous requests to be certified as an official religion were denied, on the grounds that its adherents didn’t have enough in the way of formal rituals. Sweden has long been a bastion for piracy advocates; five years ago, the country’s Pirate Party was founded in order push for copyright and patent reforms.

“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,” Gerson told Torrent Freak.


Hat-tip: Religion Clause

UPDATE: There’s more on the BBC website.


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