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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Copying – or Kopi-ing for those who are either purposely atrocious spellers or are Swedish – is therefore the holiest thing a person can do. 'Kopyacting' digital data and distributing it freely among other worshippers is therefore, to members of the Church of Kopimism, an act of worship, a moral and ethical duty from which believers cannot shrink without losing large bytes from their souls.

Kopying and distributing information imprisoned by copyright owners is a mitzvah, an expression of zakah, an act of charity and compassion that feeds the soul of both Kopy-er and Kopy-receiver.

Kopimism, led by its spiritual leader, 19-year-old philosophy student Isak Gerson, is not as well respected or protected even in Sweden as other religions are within their own countries. It gets few special favors.

In fact, it is specially targeted for persecution by information jailers who wrote in a Dec. 1 editorial that is complete gibberish without Google Translate – that Sweden had been " notorious as a pirates' paradise" before the 2008 law that helped copyright owners use their own rights to flatten those of others.

Certification of the holy purpose and holy symbols of Kopimism (Ctl-C and Ctl-V are its blessings) won't rid Sweden of information persecution, but it may let the few honest Kopycats practice their form of worship in greater safety, if not with the security other religions take for granted.

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