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5 January, 2012
File-sharing is a religious ceremony according to the church leader
A “church” whose central tenet is the right to file-share has been formally recognised by the Swedish government.
The Church of Kopimism claims that “kopyacting” – sharing information through copying – is akin to a religious service.
The “spiritual leader” of the church said recognition was a “large step”.
But others were less enthusiastic and said the church would do little to halt the global crackdown on piracy.
It doesn’t mean illegal file-sharing will become legal, any more than if ‘Jedi’ was recognised as a religion everyone would be walking around with light sabres”
The Swedish government agency Kammarkollegiet finally registered the Church of Kopimism as a religious organisation shortly before Christmas, the group said.
“We had to apply three times,” said Gustav Nipe, chairman of the organisation.
The church, which holds CTRL+C and CTRL+V (shortcuts for copy and paste) as sacred symbols, does not directly promote illegal file sharing, focusing instead on the open distribution of knowledge to all.