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Sweden Grants File Sharing Group Religious Status

While some countries are taking steps to stop online piracy (good luck with that), others are making it a religion. In Sweden, file sharing may be illegal but worshipping the act that it perpetuates is not.

For members of the Church of Kopimism, copying is a sacred act and the commands CTRL+C and CTRL+V are holy symbols. Now this group, founded by Isak Gerson in 2010, has been officially recognized by the Swedish authorities. So come forth, copiers of the world, renounce your shame or copy someone else renouncing theirs. The mashup is your voice, copyright infringement your ritual, the torrent site your digital kingdom and the download bar your time keeper. Rejoice!

“There’s still a legal stigma around copying for many,” TorrentFreak quotes Gerson as saying. "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 group has been officially recognized, file sharing is still illegal for its members, but Gerson hopes their official status will take some negativity away from the whole file sharing/copyright infringement debate. The church currently counts 3,000 members among its ranks, so if you want in you can join their growing numbers and, who knows, one day the world might be free to copy without persecution.

[via TorrentFreak]

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