Letztes Jahr hatte ich ein paar mal über die Versuche eines schwedischen Philosophie-Studenten gebloggt, der eine offizielle Filesharing-Religion – den Kopimism – in Schweden gründen wollte. Und die haben sie nun offiziell anerkannt, meinen Mitgliedsantrag (Name, Mail) habe ich grade eben abgeschickt. HELL YEAH!
After two failed attempts, where the Church was asked to formalize its way of praying or meditation, the authorities finally recognized the organization as an official religion. The Church’s founder is ecstatic about this news, and hopes that it will motivate more people to come forward as ‘Kopimists’.
“I think that more people will have the courage to step out as Kopimists. Maybe not in the public, but at least to their close ones,” Isak tells TorrentFreak. “There’s still a legal stigma around copying for many. A lot of people still worry about going to jail when copying and remixing. I hope in the name of Kopimi that this will change.”
Although the formal status of the Church doesn’t mean that copyright infringement is now permitted, the Church’s founder hopes that their beliefs will be considered in future lawmaking.
During the last half year the Missionary Church of Kopimism tripled its members from 1,000 to 3,000 and it’s expected that the recent news will cause another surge in followers. Official member or not, Gerson encourages everyone with an Internet connection to keep on sharing.
“We confessional Kopimists have not only depended on each other in this struggle, but on everyone who is copying information. To everyone with an internet connection: Keep copying. Maintain hardline Kopimi,” Gerson concludes.
Blessed are the poor in bandwidth,
for theirs is the kingdom of FiOS.
Blessed are they who share porn,
for they shall be comforted by RealDoll™.
Blessed are the MegaUpload users,
for they shall inherit premium accounts.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for torrents,
for they shall be seeded.
Blessed are the PPV streamers,
for they shall obtain live MMA fights.
Blessed are the YouTube users,
for they shall see copyrighted content.
Blessed are the USENET faithful,
for they shall be called children of l33t.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of file sharing,
for theirs is an entry into wikipedia.