O’, Copy All Ye Faithful

Many of the people who use P2P services to download music, movies, and software have long proselytized that it is their God-given right. The Church of Kopimism–not a joke–has, in fact, preached that file sharing is more than a religious right; it is a religious duty.

Here, son, Lady GaGa

Now, the Swedish government agrees with the church. Or, more accurately, the government has said the Kopimi have a right to that belief and has recognized the church as an official religion. Recognition as a religion doesn’t automatically give P2P practitioners protection from prosecution, but it could be the start of a legal case.

“Being recognized by the state of Sweden is a large step for all of Kopimi,” said Isak Gerson, the founder of the church. “Hopefully, this is one step towards the day when we can live out our faith without fear of persecution.”

The 19-year-old Gerson sermonizes that information is holy and copying a sacrament. The keyboard shortcuts for copy and paste–Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V–are religious symbols, he says.

It took Gerson three applications before the government bestowed official recognition on the church. Either Gerson is sincere in his beliefs, or he knows a good joke when he tells one.

Music analyst Mark Mulligan, who appears to miss the joke, says the church is “divorced from reality” and compares it to the Jedi religion, which is officially recognized in some countries.

Personally, this is all fine with me so long as Kopimi doesn’t start knocking on my door or waylaying me in airports so they can hand out pamphlets. What do you think? Drop us a comment at groovyPost.



  1. Ziggy

    January 14, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Ron, does that mean that I can now register my mouse and keyboard, pc and monitor as religious entities? Would hate to think what would happen if these entities disagreed with each other’s religious beliefs.

    Can you imagine the mayhem that would ensue? I mean, it would be like War of the Roses taking place right inside your pc’s tower!

    Can you imagine the treachery, the back-stabbing and manouverings of the cpu and the memory sticks in pursuit of the human spirit?

    God forbid…This would be Medievil shenanigans at it’s worst!

    • Steve Krause

      January 15, 2012 at 9:36 am

      LOL… you made my day Ziggy. On a Sunday nonetheless… Oh – how appropriate!


  2. Ron White

    January 14, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Not sure about all that, but I’d think it would mean that you could get out of paying property taxes on the room you keep your computer in.

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