Online piracy and the Church of Kopimism

Last Friday, I mentioned in passing Sweden’s new Church of Kopimism. The Missionary Church of Kopimism was founded by two baby-faced college students, philosophy major Isak Gerson, 20, and economics major Gustav Nipe (who, except for being tall, doesn’t look a day over 12). Their sacred symbols are the kopimi (pronounced “copy me”–wink, wink–get it?!) logo:

Letter K inside a triangle

and, in fact, any symbol that represents and encourages copying, e.g.:

Yin-yang symbol with Ctrl-C in the black portion and Ctrl-V in the white portion

Its 4,000 members hold information and the sharing of it (including illegal file-sharing) to be holy. (Here’s a link to the English page on the church’s official website, and an interview with the founder.)

A reader comment on last week’s post suggested that perhaps the whole thing was (gasp!) just a scam. I’m guessing my Dear Reader was operating under the suspicion that perhaps Messrs. Gerson and Nipe were just trying to get the protection of religious freedom for online piracy.

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