Kopimism Approved As Official Religion In Sweden: File Sharing Now Protected Under Freedom Of Religion Laws?
from the probably-not... dept
Last year, we poked some fun at the folks in Sweden who were trying to create the religion of Kopimism, in which “copying and the sharing of information is the most beautiful thing in the world.” While there were some bureaucratic problems, and at least one rejection of the plan, it turns out that at the very end of the year, Kopimism became an officially recognized religion in Sweden.
“Being recognized by the state of Sweden is a large step for all of kopimi. Hopefully, this is one step towards the day when we can live out our faith without fear of persecution”, says Isak Gerson, spiritual leader of the Church of Kopimism.
Of course, while some are claiming that this may effectively legalize file sharing for members of the “religion,” I doubt that’s accurate. There are plenty of religious practices that are deemed illegal. It can create some legal fights, but it certainly doesn’t automatically legalize all religious practices (think: bigamy, human sacrifice, etc.).
To be honest, while this is amusing and does a nice of job of pointing out the ridiculousness of trying to clamp down on culture, I’m not sure it does much beyond being a little publicity stunt. For those who think stronger copyright laws are a good thing, this certainly isn’t going to convince them of the error of their ways, and will simply reaffirm the belief that those opposing the excessive nature of copyright laws today are not to be taken seriously. Of course, the flip side of that argument is that today’s copyright laws are a complete joke themselves, so perhaps the most reasonable response is to make an even bigger joke out of them…