File Sharing Is A Recognized Religion In Sweden

kopimism_-_h_2011I kid you not! From the Hollywood Reporter:

Sweden has recognized file sharing as a religion, granting official church status to the country’s Missionary Church of Kopimism, which boasts some 3,000 members.

It might sound like an early April Fool’s joke but Kopimism has been around in Sweden since 2010, when it was founded by members of the Young Pirates, the youth movement of Sweden’s controversial Pirate Party.

The Kopimi (pronounced “copy me”) movement has tried twice before to get official recognition, but had been rejected. The Swedish government finally recognized the Church of Kopimism after if formalized its mode of prayer and meditation.

According to the group’s website, Kopimism sees information as holy and copying and file sharing as a sacred acts akin to prayer. The website has been unavailable since it broke the news of its religious status. A message urged those interested in joining to “come back in a couple of days when the storm has settled.”…

[continues in the Hollywood Reporter]

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  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    Can The Church of Ganja be next?
    I hope and pray

  • BuzzCoastin

    Can The Church of Ganja be next?
    I hope and pray

    • Anarchy Pony

      So say we all!

    • http://www.facebook.com/cees.timmerman Cees Timmerman

      No need to feel good about doing nothing; it already exists: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rastafari_movement

  • Anarchy Pony

    So say we all!

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    So now i guess i’m a Kopimi aswell. It’s so confusing being a pagan and worshipping so many different gods. But much more fun than worshipping one malevolent god.

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    So now i guess i’m a Kopimi aswell. It’s so confusing being a pagan and worshipping so many different gods. But much more fun than worshipping one malevolent god.

  • Dunzain

    Are the swedes trying to emulate the Native American Church, that got their use of the mescaline containing peyote cactus legalized? If so, they’re pathetic.  The Peyote cult is old, and probably existed  before the white man stole their land. 

    A religion of coping peoples life work for free and make it free, and make it a religion? Filesharing? Why not share your asses and I will fuck it.

  • Dunzain

    Are the swedes trying to emulate the Native American Church, that got their use of the mescaline containing peyote cactus legalized? If so, they’re pathetic.  The Peyote cult is old, and probably existed  before the white man stole their land. 

    A religion of coping peoples life work for free and make it free, and make it a religion? Filesharing? Why not share your asses and I will fuck it.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Linux.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Linux.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cees.timmerman Cees Timmerman

    No need to feel good about doing nothing; it already exists: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rastafari_movement

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