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Kopimism: the File-Sharing Religion

Category: Internet, General News
Posted: 10:03AM

This is probably one of those news items you would never have expected to read. (I know it’s one I never expected to be writing.) The Swedish government has recognized Kopimism as a religion. The core belief is all information is value unto itself and sharing the information increases the value. Two of their sacred symbols are CTRL-C and CTRL-V, and the act of copying and sharing information is a religious service.

The religion was founded by a philosophy student who hopes file-sharing will now be given religious protection. The church of Kopimism does not explicitly support piracy but only the open distribution of information to all, and experts do not believe religiously protected file-sharing would stop anti-piracy laws.

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