Sweden recognizes file sharing and file copying as a religion
A Swedish church has been granted permission for following the religion of “file sharing” after the worldwide debate on internet piracy. In fact, the keyboard shortcuts for copy and paste are now considered “sacred symbols!”
The Los Angeles Times reports, that “in the midst of a worldwide debate about Internet piracy” a church has become the first to follow the religion of file sharing. The religion has been made official by Swedish authorities. The church “claims it considers CTRL+C and CTRL+V (shortcuts for copy and paste) to be sacred symbols, and that information is holy and copying is a sacrament.”
The church was founded by a student by the name of Isak Gerson who is currently studying philosophy. He states that “its religious roots stem back to 2010 and that it formalized a community of file sharers that already has been “well spread for a long time.” The church community doers not require any sort of membership, and must agree to worship what is “holiest” and that is to spread information and copy! Notice how the “Church of Kopimi” sounds like “Church of Copy Me?”
The blog of a popular torrent site stated that the membership of the church had risen from 1,000 people to 3,000 people in the past 6 months, and because of its sensational outcome and influence on the internet, the religion has encouraged others to follow it.
Gerson mentioned that “Being recognized by the state of Sweden is a large step for Kopimi,” and “Hopefully this is one step towards the day when we can live out our faith without fear of persecution.”
The website of the church has been “Slashdotted” meaning that the increase in web traffic has slowed down the website therefore causing a static webpage to come up.
You can visit the website here to check it out.Further reading: religion, sweden