Sweden's newest church sanctifies copy, paste, post as antidote to censorship

Copy this article and give it to your friends; bless them with holy signs (CTL-C, CTL-V)

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Even as copyright fetishists and avocational censors in the U.S. combine forces to impose laws that would make a content pirate of anyone whose gaze lingers too long on a movie poster or in whose head a snatch of song plays over and over despite all efforts to dislodge it, Sweden has recognized the need to communicate, commune and even worship using the language of image and verse and song other countries imprison within the limits of the physical media on which they are stored.

The Church of Kopimism was recognized as a legitimate religious organization by the oldest government agency in Sweden and, one would assume, the most spiritual.

Kammarkollegiet, established in 1539 by King Gustav I must be a holy agency because it was given the right and the duty to examine new systems of belief, organizations dedicated to the glorification of the ethereal and the effort by abused minorities to worship in ways shaped only by their own conscience.

One might think those things. One would be wrong, of course.

Kammarkollegiet is the tax and auditing agency just as soulless as the money-grubbing beancounters oppressing the Kopimists outside Sweden. Unlike less enlightened tax imposers, however, Kammarkollegiet was given the authority, essentially, to decide what organizations resemble religions closely enough to be exempt from certain taxes and rules forbidding the wearing of criminally silly hats in public.

In December, Kammarkillegiet recognized the petition of a group calling itself the Church of Kopmiism – an organization formed on the idea that information is holy and that spreading the word(s) is a sacred duty.

A “Kopimist” or “Kopimist intellectual” is person who has the philosophical belief that all information should be freely distributed and unrestricted. This philosophy opposes copyrights in all forms and encourages piracy of all types of media including music, movies, TV shows, and software. The term kopimist originates from the root word, kopimi, meaning ‘copy me.’" – Isak Gerson, Church of Kopimism, Dec. 1, 2011

Copying information is therefore a sacrament because it multiplies the inherent spiritual value of natural information.

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