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Swedish Filesharing Religion is Legitimised

The Church of Kopimism, an organisation that values information and its copying above all else, has received religious legitimisation in Sweden.

Started in 2010, the Church of Kopimism has been attempting to receive accreditation by the Swedish government since, though it took several attempts due to what the Church's website describes as "governmental organisations abiding by a very copyright friendly attitude, with a twisted view on copying."

Kopimism has one core belief: that information is sacred, has value and that this value is only increased through copying of that information. The more wide spread ideas and knowledge are, the more valuable. There is no formal membership, only that one feels a "calling to worship what is the holiest of the holiest, information and copy."

In order to celebrate their faith, the "community of Kopimi" apparently organise religious services where they share information with each other through copying and "remix."

The organisation hopes that by legitemising the Church and its believers, that it will help begin a change in the view of copyright and will allow people to become Kopimists if they so wish. "If not in the public, at least to their close ones [sic]."

While this church appears to have an actual belief system, alternative religions have been showing up a lot more in recent years, with varied aims. The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is perhaps the most well known, which aims to lampoon mainstream religion and use itself as a satirical example, of why religious dogma shouldn't be treated the same as scientific evidence in classrooms.