File Sharing Is Now An Official Religion In Sweden

Rejoice, brothers! File sharing is now an official religion in Sweden. For real. It took two years, but it's done: it's called the Missionary Church of Kopimism and has Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V as its sacred symbols.

Founded in 2010 by philosophy student Isak Gerson, the 3,000-member Missionary Church of Kopimism was created to avoid legal persecution. Talking to Torrentfreak, Gerson believes the official seal of approval by the Swedish government will change things:

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. 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.

It took him two tries to get it legalised and, after complying with a request to specify its rituals, it's now official. I imagine the rituals go like this:

And the Swedes raised the holy torrent upon high, saying, O Lord, bless this thy holy torrent, that with it thou mayst copy thine movies and music in tiny bits, in thy mercy." And the Kopism Lord did grin. And the people did feast upon the lambs and sloths, and carp and anchovies, and orangutans and breakfast cereals, and fruit-bats.

And the Lord spake, saying, "First shalt thou find the tracker. Then shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy .torrent file towards thy Torrent program, who, being naughty in my sight, shall copy it.

Sounds about right. [ via TorrentFreak via Digg]



    nice with the monty python ref, but when can i 'join' in australia?

      sure you can. Australia is a multicultrial country, you dont see us shipping off people for their beliefs. i know it is exactly what im doing when i get home from work!

        You've obviously not been following the political theatre that has been the governments refugee 'policy'?

    Finally!! A real religion! How do I contact the Grand Kopimist Bishop, so I can pledge my allegiance?

    I was thinking that some Atheists had nothing better to do, to make another fake religion. But this is a pretty good idea.

    It will be interesting to see if this 'religion' will last or just die.

    I wonder how they are defining the word 'religion' in Sweden.

      ...and some theists have nothing better to do than follow pre-existing fake religions.

    Legalising and protecting torrent sharing through religious beliefs? I like it.

      Yeah, why not after all scientology is a legalised pyramid scheme.

      and on the 2nd day PirateBay was resurrected.

    wow though the Americans would win the prize for absolute respect for a retarded lifestyle but hey looks like they have a competitor.

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