Filesharing now an official religion

Here’s the official press release:

“The Church of Kopimism is recognized by the state of Sweden 

Just before Christmas, the Swedish governmental agency Kammarkollegiet registered the Church of Kopimism as a religious organisation. This means that Sweden is the first country to recognize kopimism as a religion. 

The Church of Kopimism have tried to become registered as a religious organisation by Kammarkollegiet for more than a year.

– Since Kammarkollegiet has been strict with formalities, we had to apply three times, a happy Gustav Nipe – board chairman for the organisation – says. He continues, I think it might have something to do with the governmental organisations abiding by a very copyright friendly attitude, with a twisted view on copying.

For the Church of Kopimism, information is holy and copying is a sacrament. Information holds a value, in itself and in what it contains, and the value multiplies through copying. Therefore, copying is central for the organisation and its members.

Being recognized by the state of Sweden is a large step for all of kopimi. Hopefully, this is one step towards the day when we can live out our faith without fear of persecution, says Isak Gerson, spiritual leader of the Church of Kopimism.

The Church of Kopimism is a religious organisation with roots from 2010. The organisation formalizes a community that’s been well spread for a long time already. The community of kopimi requires no formal membership. You just have to feel a calling to worship what is the holiest of the holiest, information and copy. To do this, we organize kopyactings – religious services – where the kopimists share information with eachother through copying and remix.

Copy and seed.” – Church of Kopimism


Do you still agree with Intellectual Property laws?
The Pirate Party are certainly gaining momentum, with seats now in Berlin and the EU, and most likely Germany soon. Conventional political parties are being forced to change their views on copyright or risk losing the entire under 30 block of voters.

I personally think intellectual property has gone too far. Yes, it probably does promote some people to create works that they otherwise wouldn’t have, and to have absolutely no protection could result in a tragedy of the commons type scenario, but the disruptive forces of the internet have brought us to a place where copying bits has almost zero cost, destroying old business models and creating new ones, are we really going to make laws that freeze time in the 80’s just to protect a few of today’s business’?

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