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|
|Isak Gerson - The Church of Kopimism, Amphitheater|
"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|
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.”
|Missionary Church Of Kopimism Image from their own Facebook page|