Sweden’s Newest Official Religion: File Sharing. Seriously.

Click on the image to learn more from GizmodoIt’s called the Church of Kopimism and its pope/archbishop/caliph/high priest/spiritual leader is a philosophy student named Isak Gerson.

And this isn’t some weird unilateral declaration, either. Kopimism has been officially recognized by the Swedish government as an actual official religion complete with a clergy, dogma and prescribed methods of prayer and meditation.

So what does a good Kopimi (that’s the official name for an adherent) believe in?

  • Copying of information is ethically right
  • Spreading information is ethically right
  • Coping or remixing informatin from another person is an act of respect and an expression of faith.


A file-sharing priest is called an Opar.  An Opar is committed to living his/her life according to Kopimistic values, to help others live according to those values and to actively work to make the world more Kopimistic.

A creed?  You bet. “For the Church of Kopimism, 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.”

Religious services?  Of course.  They’re called “kopycatings.”  Devotees gather to share information with each other through copying and remixing.

And sacred symbols?  Check.  They are CTRL-C and CTRL-V (Command-C and Command-V for the members of the demonination that are Mac users, of course.)  

If you’d like to sign up, go here.  There’s no formal membership requirements or rituals involving bits of your body being lopped off.  “You just have to feel a calling to worship what is the holiest of the holiest, information and copy.”

Interesting.  So tell me again why Kopimism can be declared a religion and being a Jedi can’t?

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