The Missionary Church of Kopimism has been declared as an official religion in Sweden. That wouldn’t raise eyebrows at the first glance, but the church is no ordinary church.
Founded by student Isak Gerson in 2010, the religion believes in no deity, but the freedom to copy and circulate information, or in clearer terms, file sharing. In its own words:
The missionary kopimistsamfundet is a religious group centered in Sweden who believe that copying and the sharing of information is the best and most beautiful that is. To have your information copied is a token of appreciation, that someone think you have done something good.
According to TorrentFreak, the church’s request to be recognized as an official religion in the country was denied twice before it was able to fulfill the authority’s requirements, which includes formalizing its way of praying or meditation. The Church now has 3,000 members, but there may be many more who share the same “religious belief,” but haven’t heard of it.
While being recognized by the government as an official religion doesn’t mean that its members have the legal right to infringe copyrights, they’ll now have a new reason to cry foul when they’re caught doing so — religious persecution!