6 Jan 2012

Online copying church recognised by govt agency

2:35 pm on 6 January 2012

A religious organisation whose central belief is that copying electronic files online is holy, has been officially recognised by a Swedish government agency.

The Church of Kopimism claims that "kopyacting" - sharing information through copying - is akin to a religious service.

Kammarkollegiet, a government agency, registered the church as a religious organisation shortly before Christmas.

Chairman Gustav Nipe said his organisation had to apply three times.

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.

Founder Isak Gerson, 19, a philosophy student, hopes that file-sharing will now be given religious protection.