Information Wants to Be Free, Amen.

I’m not sure what to make of this. Via the LA Times:

Copying and file sharing recognized as a religion in Sweden

Can the gospel of file sharing really be recognized as a religion? In Sweden it can.

In the midst of a worldwide debate about Internet piracy, Swedish authorities have granted official religious status to the Church of Kopimism, which claims it considers CTRL+C and CTRL+V (shortcuts for copy and paste) to be sacred symbols, and that information is holy and copying is a sacrament.

The church was founded by philosophy student Isak Gerson, who is also the self-appointed spiritual leader of the movement. [...]

The blog Torrent Freak reports that membership in the church has grown from 1,000 to 3,000 in the last six months, and the founders expect more people to join now that its religious status is making a splash on the Internet.

“Being recognized by the state of Sweden is a large step for Kopimi,” said Gerson. “Hopefully this is one step towards the day when we can live out our faith without fear of persecution.”

I suspect that “persecution” means government agencies who want to shut down file-sharing sites like Pirate Bay.

  • Custador

    It makes an interesting point: Is their central claim really any more absurd or self-serving than that of any other religion?

    • FO

      This is indeed the point of Kopism.

      And it’s actually a better religion than many would think, I for one wholeheartedly subscribe to their doctrine.

      There’s a lot of people (me included) that thinks that authorship rights as they are now are used to stifle competition, prevent technological development, pass censorious and authoritarian laws, prevent the spread of knowledge, keep art and entertainment under the monopoly of few middle-men and in general pander to the rich and powerful to the detriment of the common citizens.

  • FO

    You guys are all familiar with SOPA, right? RIGHT?

    The problem is, once you have infrastructure in place to save civilization from kiddie porn and teenagers downloading movies, it’s easy to also save you faithful citizens from the next Wikileaks.
    I mean, if the govt can legally check everything that goes in and out from your computer without a warrant, it is to SAVE YOU FROM TERRORISTS!

    In short, we blame China, but we’re rushing in that direction as fast as we can.

    • Custador

      I think it would be more complete to say that our corporate masters are pushing us in that direction as fast as they can.


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