You Wouldn’t Believe Why and How This Church Was Founded! I Am Quite Shocked And Amazed!


Ever heard of a religion or a church that is founded and created based on a “keyboard shortcut”? Ever heard of a person who truly believes that “file-sharing” of “file-copying” is a holy or religious activity? If not yet then now you will! Enter Kopimism.

According to its Wikipedia page:

The Missionary Church of Kopimism is a congregation of file sharers who believe that copying information is a sacred virtue. The Church has been officially recognized by the Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency as a religious community.
The church of Kopimism claims that “copying” or at their own words “kopyacting” – sharing information through copying – is a religious act that deserves to be known by the public. It’s a holy activity that is sacred to those who believe at their religion.

The Kopimi Symbol
The Kopimi Symbol
Kopimism or the Church of Kopimism was founded by then a 19-year old philosophy student at Uppsala University, Sweden, Isak Gerson. Gerson together with Gustav Nipe – a member of Sweden's Pirate party – and others made Kopimism a registered religion.

Isak Gerson - The Church of Kopimism, Amphitheater
Isak Gerson - The Church of Kopimism, Amphitheater
According to one of his interviews, his main objective in founding such religious group is to give “file-sharing” some sort of religious protection.

"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," he said in a statement.

"Being recognised 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," he added.

Kopimism is known for their sacred symbols CTRL+C and CTRL+V, the keyboard shortcuts for copy and paste.

Kopimism Sacred Logo
Kopimism Sacred Logo
Lots of citizens and other anti-piracy group have raised some questions about the real identity or goal of this group. Some are even asking if they are directly connected to sites that allow illegal downloads e.g. Pirate Bay.

The founder and leader of the group denies any connection whatsoever to those download sites. According to their statement, their church “does not directly promote illegal file sharing, focusing instead on the open distribution of knowledge to all.”

Current Kopimism Logo
Missionary Church Of Kopimism Image from their own Facebook page
For more information about Kopimism, you may visit the following links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missionary_Church_of_Kopimism

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-16424659

https://www.facebook.com/Kopimism.CtrlC.CtrlV

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21334-kopimism-the-worlds-newest-religion-explained.html

6 comments:

Jeannette said...

Never heard of this, but to me it sounds like they jsut copy other info! How is that orginal at all? I don't think I would like that. If they just copy stuff how do they know what is not true vereses true?

Elizabeth O. said...

Outrageous! I can't believe they're an actual religion. But who am I to judge. It's amazing, what people come up with these days.

MaryJane Tauyan said...

that sounds very interesting. haven't heard this thing before! now im curious!

Melissa Bernardo said...

I enjoyed reading your post. Thank you for sharing!

KRISTINA PACHE said...

That is very interesting and unique! Learned something new today! Thanks for sharing!

Nikki said...

I have never heard of this group and I can’t believe they made a religion out of it. It’s kinda amazing how people can come up with amazing ideas such as this.

 

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