Filesharing is no Religion, Jesus!

Vor ein paar Monaten hatte ich über den Versuch eines schwedischen Philosophie-Studenten gebloggt, der eine Filesharing-Religion namens Kopimism offiziell anerkennen zu lassen. Hat leider nicht hingehauen, obwohl täglich Millionen Menschen P2P-Software gen Seeder ausrichten.

CTRL+C/CTRL+V von Torrentfreak:

While copyright holders are often quick to label file-sharers as pirates, there is a large group of people who actually consider copying to be a sacred act.

Philosophy student Isak Gerson is such a religious file-sharer, and in an attempt to protect this unique belief system he founded The Missionary Church of Kopimism last year. In the hope that they could help prevent persecution for their beliefs, the church then filed a request to be officially accepted by the authorities.

In practice this was easier said than done.

“The application was rejected in early April this year,” Isak Gerson told TorrentFreak. “It was rejected because Swedish law requires a religious communion to have a formalized way of praying or meditation. Our formalized traditions were specified at the time.”

Despite this early setback, the Missionary Church of Kopimism wasn’t going to give up. For a church that holds CTRL+C and CTRL+V as sacred symbols, filing a new application wasn’t too hard. This time, however, they formalized their official rituals, including meditation over shared information and the act of copying.

In the months that followed the Church of Kopimism grew to nearly 1000 members, who all prayed that their religion would be accepted by the Swedish authorities. This week, however, more bad news arrived informing the group that once again they had been denied the right to start a church in Sweden.

File-Sharers Denied Official Religion Status in Sweden, Sweden: File sharing not act of worship