File-sharing religion Kopimism recognized in Sweden

Apparently you can create a religion based on, well, anything these days. Once more, you can also have some countries in the world recognize it as an official religious organization. TorrentFreak.com reports that is exactly what happened in Sweden this week. It gave its official nod to the Missionary Church of Kopimism which believes that the sharing of digital files is a sacred act.

The Church of Kopimism was started in 2010 by a group of people who have admitted to pirating activities via file sharing. They felt that their actions, if it were recognized as a religion, might help in their efforts to avoid being arrested for pirating files. The story claims that after two previous attempts to get Church of Kopimism approved by the government of Sweden as a religion, the third attempt apparent worked.

Of course, even a religious organization is not exempt from being arrested for copyright infringement. However, the creators of this new "religion" seem to believe that their new status will in some way help them when future pirating cases are considered by the courts. In the meantime you can learn more about Kopimism at its official web site.

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not good reporting by John Callaham:

sharing of digital files is a sacred act
Neither "digital" nor "files" has anything to do with it. It's just any kind of information.

Most of these nutcases including the people behind the pirate bay believe they have an inalienable right to pirate stuff. Might as well be a God given right. What nutcases.

no-sweat said,
Anyone wanna start a Neowin religion? We can make our own holidays and everything!

Neowinism. I like it. Let's start by taking off the entire month of March.

.Rob said,
Wow what idiots! I know lets admit to the government that they download stuff online

No, it's the belief of downloading stuff online. There's a difference.

Neobond said,
I'm struggling to compare this with the "Jedi" religion based on Star Wars; maybe they're both as silly lol.

They are.

Neobond said,
I'm struggling to compare this with the "Jedi" religion based on Star Wars; maybe they're both as silly lol.

Is there a religion in the world that isn't silly though? Of course not!

MightyJordan said,

Is there a religion in the world that isn't silly though? Of course not!

This.

Belief in the Force, the FSM, or any of the multiple man-made gods are all based on the same amount of evidence: None. At least in the [fictional] Star Wars galaxy there were visible manifestations of the Force.

Neobond said,
I'm struggling to compare this with the "Jedi" religion based on Star Wars; maybe they're both as silly lol.

How dare you make fun of my beliefs!?

Sith!