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Swedish File-sharing Religion On the Way to USA

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The file-sharing religion that orignated in Sweden has arrived in the U.S.A.

You might remember, back in January of this year, Sweden recognized file-sharing as an official religion. The Church of Kopimism believes that "kopyacting," the act of sharing information through copying, is akin to a religious service. They spent a year campaigning to have Kopimism officially recognized as a religion and in January the Church was finally registered as a religious organization by Kammarkollegiet, the Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency.

Today it emerged that Kopimism has landed on U.S. soil and though it has yet to seek recognition as a religion, the First United Church of Kopimism has registered as a non-profit with the state of Illinois. USNews cites Christopher Carmean, a 25-year-old student at the University of Chicago and head of the U.S. branch, as saying they are currently in the process of gaining federal recognition.

Kopimism was founded by a 19-year-old philosophy student by the name of Isak Gerson. The Church of Kopimism's principal belief is the right to file-share and its sacred symbols include CTRL+C and CTRL+V. To become a member of the church, one must (in some way) copy the Church of Kopimism symbol. Once you've done that, you can proudly call yourself a Kopimism. The Church of Kopimism now has a presence in 18 countries around the world.

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    hoofhearted , April 24, 2012 12:56 PM
    So the RIAA and MPAA are the anti-christs of this religion
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    brett1042002 , April 24, 2012 12:39 PM
    Interesting.

    Now if we can only Alt+F4 Scientology
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    salamakajakawaka , April 24, 2012 12:38 PM
    CTRL+C CTRL+V
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  • 19 Hide
    salamakajakawaka , April 24, 2012 12:38 PM
    CTRL+C CTRL+V
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    brett1042002 , April 24, 2012 12:39 PM
    Interesting.

    Now if we can only Alt+F4 Scientology
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    trumpeter1994 , April 24, 2012 12:44 PM
    I think it will be amusing if the Westboro Baptist Church tries to protest them. At least it would distract them from the funeral protesting for a little while.
  • 32 Hide
    hoofhearted , April 24, 2012 12:56 PM
    So the RIAA and MPAA are the anti-christs of this religion
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    byous88 , April 24, 2012 1:19 PM
    At least it would distract them from the funeral protesting for a little while.
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    rantoc , April 24, 2012 1:34 PM
    hoofheartedSo the RIAA and MPAA are the anti-christs of this religion


    Their anticrist to everything they don't have a finger in the pocket at!
  • 18 Hide
    eddieroolz , April 24, 2012 1:55 PM
    Sweden is an awesome place, no doubt.
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    mcd023 , April 24, 2012 2:14 PM
    I thought the religion was known as Linux
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    jaber2 , April 24, 2012 2:46 PM
    It's a cleaver way of going around the law made by people who make up law's for thier own end, good for you knowing how to get them back.
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    jacobdrj , April 24, 2012 3:43 PM
    edvinasmThat is sick. If anyone on this forum thinks (in any way possible) that there is reasonable ground for this he/she/it is gone too far. Period.p.s. me non believer in any weird or non-weird things/stuff/people/machines


    Cults are just religions that haven't yet grown big enough to have moderates...
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    Friis , April 24, 2012 3:46 PM
    is it illegal to copy this music? its my religious right to copy it
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    brucen13 , April 24, 2012 3:57 PM
    It won't be long before we have the first court case for freedom of religion versus copyright law. As long as you only share with others in your religion, does that trump copyright law? Or can you share with anyone to exercise one's freedom religion?
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    mavikt , April 24, 2012 4:19 PM
    edvinasmThat is sick. If anyone on this forum thinks (in any way possible) that there is reasonable ground for this he/she/it is gone too far. Period.p.s. me non believer in any weird or non-weird things/stuff/people/machines


    I think that's why the founder was a philosophy student, and you're not?
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    kyuuketsuki , April 24, 2012 4:23 PM
    Dang, this is going to cause me have a conflict of faith between this and Pastafarianism...
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    v1ze , April 24, 2012 4:26 PM
    brett1042002Interesting. Now if we can only Alt+F4 Scientology

    ...or any organized religion for that matter.
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    jacobdrj , April 24, 2012 4:27 PM
    KyuuketsukiDang, this is going to cause me have a conflict of faith between this and Pastafarianism...

    I doubt that the re would be a Pasta-Torrent Crusade... More like a meeting of the minds...
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    deksman , April 24, 2012 4:52 PM
    Religion?
    I have a question:
    Why are some humans so entrenched into turning everything into 'religion' even if it down to the core has nothing to do with it?

    Oh wait... because that's the only worldview they can abide by (at this point in time).
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    jacobdrj , April 24, 2012 5:12 PM
    deksmanReligion?I have a question:Why are some humans so entrenched into turning everything into 'religion' even if it down to the core has nothing to do with it?Oh wait... because that's the only worldview they can abide by (at this point in time).

    Some religions do not distinguish between the secular and the divine. Government is religion is day to day living...

    TBH, I would sooner recognize this religion than a religion that just modifies a previous one: Originality in religion FTW...
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