Thursday, January 5th 2012

Church Of Kopimism: The New File Sharing Religion

Church Of Kopimism: The New File Sharing Religion (updated)

With file sharers all over the world being hunted by copyright holders and aided by the governments they lobby, there's now a new angle to this fight: file sharers turn their hobby into a religion. Since 2010, a group of self-confessed Swedish 'pirates' have tried to have their beliefs recognized as an official religion, but were denied several times. However, just before Christmas, they have finally succeeded in convincing the authorities that the Church Of Kopimism is a real, genuine bona fide religion. How they exactly achieved this isn’t clear, however. The Missionary Church of Kopimism was founded by philosophy student Isak Gerson, who is one of a large group of Swedes that believe file copying to be a sacred act. Gerson is ecstatic at this development and hopes more people will now feel able to come out as 'Kopimists'.

Gerson explained to TorrentFreak, "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. 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."
Of course, although the church now has formal status, just as with any other religion, the laws of the land still override the religion's dogma, which means that copyright infringement is still not permitted. However, Gerson hopes that their beliefs will be considered when drafting future laws. However, he might have a long wait, because dollars talk louder than beliefs. What's especially surprising about this new religion though, are the number of members that belong to it. In just the last six months, their membership has swelled from 1000 to 3000 members, so it's reasonable to believe that this news will cause another surge in membership. Regardless of whether someone is a member or not (membership is free) Gerson urges everyone to keep right on file 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."

It remains to be seen how long this religion lasts, whether it spreads to other countries and how much effect this will have in drafting copy-friendly laws in Sweden and elsewhere.

The church has issued the following press release:

Just before Christmas, the Swedish governmental agency Kammarkollegiet registered the Church of Kopimism as a religious organisation. This means that Sweden is the first country to recognize kopimism as a religion.

The Church of Kopimism have tried to become registered as a religious organisation by Kammarkollegiet for more than a year.

- Since Kammarkollegiet has been strict with formalities, we had to apply three times, a happy Gustav Nipe - board chairman for the organisation - says. He continues, I think it might have something to do with the governmental organisations abiding by a very copyright friendly attitude, with a twisted view on copying.

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.

Being recognized by the state of Sweden is a large step for all of kopimi. Hopefully, this is one step towards the day when we can live out our faith without fear of persecution, says Isak Gerson, spiritual leader of the Church of Kopimism.

The Church of Kopimism is a religious organisation with roots from 2010. The organisation formalizes a community that's been well spread for a long time already. The community of kopimi requires no formal membership. You just have to feel a calling to worship what is the holiest of the holiest, information and copy. To do this, we organize kopyactings - religious services - where the kopimists share information with eachother through copying and remix.

Copy and seed.


UPDATE

New Scientist now have an interesting interview with Isak Gerson about Kopimism.
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59 Comments on Church Of Kopimism: The New File Sharing Religion

#1
AphexDreamer
TheMailMan78 said:
If you pirate or support pirating you're as bad as NAMBLA and its supporters. Both are scum.

Members of NAMBLA make all kinds of excuses for what they do. They justify it in all kinds of ways. JUST LIKE PIRATES.
Your comparison is so faulty it doesn't even merit a response.
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#2
digibucc
erocker said:
It doesn't matter to me what you think, whatever makes you happy.
i just meant in so far as you're a mod you wouldn't want it, not your personal beliefs.
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#3
w3b
jpierce55 said:
I am wondering when the Mafia will start a church.
Russian Mafia: church of the Holy Apocalyptic Russian Mafia (Harm)
Italian Mafia: church of Sanctified Italian Mafia.

Why not? Elements of file sharing CAN be linked to organized crime.
Trying to sell counterfeited media is difficult at best (and where it occurs not as profitable as drugs and other crimes of this nature) where internet access is available for both the regular market stall holders and organised crime networks alike. :shadedshu

More in depth on this (and makes for excellent reference material for this and other related threads) is covered thoroughly in The Media Piracy in Emerging Economies (MPEE) Study available here: http://piracy.ssrc.org/the-report/

Of particular interest to this specific post regarding organised crime and piracy (commercial copyright infringement) is the sub-section of Chapter 1 "Does Crime Pay?" which covers this subject in far greater detail than I could (fwiw I thought much like the poster I quoted once before I took a more serious look into this piece of fiction well before the publishing of the above report).

On topic; CoK is one sweet looking religion and has great potential to be more beneficial than many others :cool:
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#4
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
Update

New Scientist now have an interesting interview with Isak Gerson about Kopimism.

I've updated the news article with this link.
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#5
TheMailMan78
Big Member
qubit said:
New Scientist now have an interesting interview with Isak Gerson about Kopimism.

I've updated the news article with this link.
He sounds very devoted in his excuses to stealing. He sounds just like a NAMBLA member. No facts just what he believes is right. Scum bag.

AphexDreamer said:
Your comparison is so faulty it doesn't even merit a response.
No its dead accurate.
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#6
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
TheMailMan78 said:
He sounds very devoted in his excuses to stealing. He sounds just like a NAMBLA member. No facts just what he believes is right. Scum bag.
I gave you a thanks because your vehemence cracks me up. :toast: I dunno if you've seen the picture of Isak that I've added to the article? I'm sure you can now hate him a little more... lol.

You so need to do a hard-hitting SOPA article from your perspective dude, it'll be a riot. :D Perhaps you may want to cover this one? Lawmakers seem intent on approving SOPA, PIPA

EDIT: You said "no facts". Well, of course, like any good religion, there are no facts, only dogma. ;)
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#7
digibucc
TheMailMan78 said:
No facts just what he believes is right. Scum bag.
you're joking right? that's a famous mailman troll, gotta be? what relgions are based on facts and not what the adherents believe is right?

so i have your approval? anyone who bases an argument off what they believe is right and not facts is a scumbag equivalent to a NAMBLA member?
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#8
Damn_Smooth
digibucc said:
you're joking right? that's a famous mailman troll, gotta be? what relgions are based on facts and not what the adherents believe is right?

so i have your approval? anyone who bases an argument off what they believe is right and not facts is a scumbag equivalent to a NAMBLA member?
Well, considering that the catholic church is the original NAMBLA, you can at least equate them to that. Go ahead and group the rest in as well though, I see no reason why not to.
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TheMailMan78
Big Member
digibucc said:
you're joking right? that's a famous mailman troll, gotta be? what relgions are based on facts and not what the adherents believe is right?

so i have your approval? anyone who bases an argument off what they believe is right and not facts is a scumbag equivalent to a NAMBLA member?
This isnt a religion. Its an excuse to pirate. If you say not, then SOPA is a law. Not an excuse to censor.

COME AT ME BRO!
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