Kopimism (The IP Pirate Religion) Takes Root In America

KopimizmAmerican online pirates now have places to worship, reports Jason Koebler for US News:

A Swedish religion whose dogma centers on the belief that people should be free to copy and distribute all information—regardless of any copyright or trademarks—has made its way to the United States.

Followers of so-called “Kopimism” believe copying, sharing, and improving on knowledge, music, and other types of information is only human—the Romans remixed Greek mythology, after all, they say. In January, Kopimism—a play on the words “copy me”—was formally recognized by a Swedish government agency, raising its profile worldwide.

“Culture is something that makes people feel much better and makes people appreciate their world in a different way. Knowledge is also something we should copy regardless of the law,” says Isak Gerson, the 20-year-old founder of Kopimism. “It makes us better when we share knowledge and culture with each other.”

More than 3,500 people “like” Kopimism on Facebook, and thousands more practice its sacred ritual of file sharing. According to its manifesto, private, closed-source software code and anti-piracy software are “comparable to slavery.” Kopimist “Ops,” or spiritual leaders, are encouraged to give counsel to people who want to pirate files, are banned from recording and should encrypt all virtual religious service meetings “because of society’s vicious legislative and litigious persecution of Kopimists.”…

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5 Comments on "Kopimism (The IP Pirate Religion) Takes Root In America"

  1. Uhhhhhhhh | Apr 22, 2012 at 3:38 pm |

    Finally, a religion that I fit right into 🙂

  2. it helps put things into perspective, the feeling about the mpaa/riaa gets diluted by the words needed to comprehensively describe them but saying they’re the anti-christ here to bring upon the ‘creative’ apocalypse brings in the culture feeling developed over so many years

  3. Dietrich Von Bacon | Apr 23, 2012 at 2:57 am |

    If I join the religion can I be prosecuted for exercising my religious beliefs?

  4. jonathan segel | May 29, 2012 at 12:59 am |

    finally, a religion for teenage boys.

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