One wonders where the world is coming to when we hear about new religions being introduced based on the present day online piracy. Due to the widely obtainable information on the internet, people around the world are able to download movies, music, books and other materials thus violating copyright laws.
Usually these matters are meant to be solved by the government. Like the US passing the bill S.O.P.A and P.I.P.A to stop online piracy and copyright infringement. However in Sweden, it is a religion.
Yes that’s right, pray to your Lord for file sharing! The Church of Kopimism states that sharing information through copying is similar to religious service. Philosophy student Isak Gerson, spiritual leader and founder of the Church of Kopimism, said being recognized by Sweden is a big step towards removing the stigma around copying. The organization hopes that by legitimizing the Church and its believers, that it will help begin a change in the view of copyright and will allow people to become Kopimists if they so wish.
Followers of the church are called ‘Kopimists’ and organized supposed ‘Kopyactings’ or religious services where people copy and share information with each other. The church even holds CTRL+C and CTRL+V which are shortcuts for copy and paste, as sacred symbols. The church concentrates on the open distribution of knowledge to all rather than promoting illegal file sharing.
When Mr. Gerson was asked if he believed in a God, he replied, ‘No, I just believe in our values. It’s just a belief in holy values.’
So clear your conscience and download. While a great load of people are actually becoming members of this religion, many are less enthusiastic and claim that the church isn’t doing much to stop global piracy.
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