‘Kopimism’ is recognised as faith by government of Sweden – as new church says CTRL+C and CTRL+V are sacred symbols
The church officially became part of Swedish culture last month after its third attempt. But while its supporters say it’s a major change in the way filesharing is viewed, others insist it won’t change the illegal status of stealing copyrighted material.
Isak Gerson, 19, who formed the church, tells the BBC: “Information is holy and copying is a sacrament. Information holds a value in itself and in what it contains, and the value multiplies through copying. Therefore copying is central for the organisation and its members.”
Followers, known as Kopimi, are said to believe CTRL+C and CTRL-V symbols are holy. Gerson adds: “Hopefully this is one step towards the day when we can live out our faith without fear of persecution.”
But music analyst Mark Mulligan says: “It doesn’t mean illegal filesharing will become legal, any more than if Jedi was recognised as a religion everyone would be walking around with lightsabres. In some ways these guys are looking outdated – filesharing as a means to pirate content it becoming yesterday’s technology.”