In Sweden, Copying and File Sharing is a Recognized Religion
In Sweden CTRL+C and CTRL+V (the keyboard shortcuts for copying and pasting) are now recognized as part of an actual, official religion – Kopimism – which claims that these are holy symbols and reveres the act of copying and sharing files, according to the Los Angeles Times :
The church was founded by philosophy student Isak Gerson, who is also the self-appointed spiritual leader of the movement.
In a statement on the church’s website, he says its religious roots stem back to 2010 and that it formalized a community of file sharers that already has been “well spread” for a long time.
“The community of kopimi requires no formal membership,” he writes. “You just have to feel a calling to worship what is the holiest of the holiest, information and copy.”
(For those who are unaware, kopimi is pronounced “copy me.”)
According to the Church of Kopimism website, church services consist of “kopyactings,” whereby the “kopimists” share information with each other through copying and remixing.
Bertil Kallner of Sweden’s Financial and Administrative Services told the Swedish newspaper Gagens Nyheter that a religious community could “basically be anything.”
“What’s important is that it is a community for religious activities,” he said.
Still, it took the Church of Kopimism three tries over the course of a year before members were able to formalize their way of praying or meditation so that they could be recognized as an official religion.
Upwards of 3,000 people may be members of the church, though many hundreds of thousands more practice what the church preaches every day. It’s not surprising that we’re starting to see the lines between tech and religion begin to blur – even in a pretty humorous, bizarre way. I suspect the future will be filled with techno-religions of all stripes.
Personally, I find Dudeism to be much more appealing. These days there’s a religion for everyone.
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