Go forth and multiply — and download as many movies and music albums as your hard drive memory can handle.
This could very well be one of the Ten Commandments of a new government sanctioned religion in Sweden — the Church of Kopimism — which advocates rampant Internet piracy.
“I think that more people will have the courage to step out as Kopimists,” says Isak Gerson who founded The Missionary Church of Kopimism in 2010. “A lot of people still worry about going to jail when copying and remixing. I hope in the name of Kopimi that this will change.”
Gerson had attempted twice to have Kopimism recognized as an official religion and finally, just before Christmas, the Swedish governmental agency Kammarkollegiet registered the church as an official religious organization. The Church of Kopimism requires no formal membership.
“You just have to feel a calling to worship what is the holiest of the holiest: information and copy,” says Gerson. “To do this, we organize kopyactings — religious services — where kopimists share information with each other through copying and remixing.
Law officials estimate that billions of dollars are lost every year with people “sharing” movies and music albums off of their private sites.