kopimism

When was the last time you’ve witnessed a formation of a new religion? Certainly not recently. But here’s a chance to observe a contemporary religion being granted legal permission to pass as an official religion.

Founded by a 19 year old, philosophy student hailing from Sweden, Kopimism is the latest addition to list of religions,after it was formally recognized by the Swedish government. This establishment took 3 attempts in one year in order to be recognized due to dogmatic formalities.

Kopimism gives an entirely new definition to religion as it does not mention at all about faith in God or anything along these lines. They dwell on the sanctity of information and copying it. Like Om (ॐ),the nazalized vowel-chant of Hinduism, Ctrl-V and Ctrl-C are the cantillates of Kopimism. Their rituals of “worshipping” include sharing files of information.

While asked the young pioneer, his stance on file sharing is interesting as he deems the sharing of information as a faith rather than an activity or passion. He believes all information and files must be made available and legal to all people.

The way of our humanity works, certainly gives a path to bafflement and astonishment.


Just.... what?

Ok, so… I just read an article about how “Kopimism” (from the english “copy me”) has become an acknowledged religion in Sweden.

Here’s the swedish points of the “religion” (translation as well, just thought I’d add this too) 

  1.  Kopiering av information är etiskt rätt
  2. Spridande av information är etiskt rätt
  3. Remixande är en heligare typ av kopiering än den perfekta, digitala kopieringen, då remixande är korskopiering av en mångfald av information
  4. Att kopiera eller remixa information som förmedlats av en annan person ses som en akt av respekt och ett starkt uttryck för acceptans och kopimistisk tro
  5. Internät är heliga
  6. Kod är lag
  1. Copying information is ethically correct
  2. To spread information is ethically correct
  3. Remixing is a more sacred type of copying than the perfect, digital copying, because the remixing is a cross-copy of a diversity of information.
  4. To copy or remix information that has been mediated by another person is seen as an act of respect and a strong expression of acceptance and kopimistic faith.
  5. The Internet is sacred (I’m rather unsure about this, cause I’ve never heard anyone say “internät” before)
  6. Code is law. (or, “code is the law”)

The point with this post is just to say…. what?! 
Seriously?

WHAT IS THIS?

The ability to produce facsimiles of the abstract knowledge and creations of others is the very basis of humanity and is a fundamental product, and process, of advanced cognitive function, which virtually no other species on Earth has exhibited, and certainly never with the depth and veracity we’re capable of. If anything about any of our behaviors is sacred, it must be this.

I've found my religion X°D

Kopimism made simple:

  • All knowledge to all;
  • The search for knowledge is sacred;
  • The circulation of knowledge is sacred;
  • The act of copying is sacred.

According to the Kopimist constitution:

  • Copying of information is ethically right;
  • Dissemination of information is ethically right;
  • Copymixing is a sacred kind of copying, moreso than the perfect, digital copying, because it expands and enhances the existing wealth of information;
  • Copying or remixing information communicated by another person is seen as an act of respect and a strong expression of acceptance and Kopimistic faith;
  • The Internet is holy;
  • Code is law.

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

The Swedish government agency Kammarkollegiet finally registered the Church of Kopimism as a religious organisation shortly before Christmas, the group said.

“We had to apply three times,” said Gustav Nipe, chairman of the organisation.

The church, which holds CTRL+C and CTRL+V (shortcuts for copy and paste) as sacred symbols, does not directly promote illegal file sharing, focusing instead on the open distribution of knowledge to all.

It was founded by 19-year-old philosophy student and leader Isak Gerson. He hopes that file-sharing will now be given 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.