Sweden and file-sharing have appeared in the same sentence almost…religiously due to, of course, The Pirate Bay, then the Pirate Party, and mostly, due to issues brought about by the two.
Back in April Sweden saw a new challenge in this direction – that of a new religion emerging – Kopimism. The one who had the initiative to turn file-sharing into a religion was 19-year-old Swedish philosophy student Isaac Gerson.
But now the sacredness of sharing files has been categorically refuted by Swedish officials. The Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency said no to the attempt of the Pirate Party of Uppsala to register the copying and spreading of information as a religious faith. UPI reports:
Apparently, the principles, motifs and belief system stated by The Missionary Church of Kopimism on its website did not manage to persuade authorities:
A religion is a belief system with rituals.
The missionary kopimistsamfundet is a religious group centered in Sweden who believe that copying and the sharing of information is the best and most beautiful that is. To have your information copied is a token of appreciation, that someone think you have done something good.
* All knowledge to all
* The search for knowledge is sacred
* The circulation of knowledge is sacred
* The act of copying is sacred.
All people should have access to all information produced. A gigantic Boosting Knowledge for humanity.
Throughout history, various groups around the world have been persecuted by oppressors. It has since taken refuge in religion and wanted a peaceful coexistence. Without threats and harassment.
In our belief, communication is sacred. Communication needs to be respected. It is a direct sin to monitor and eavesdrop on people.
The absolute secrecy is holy in the church of kopimism.
In the individual pastoral care and confession with the kopimist priests (the Ops), priests are protected under Swedish law by an absolute professional secrecy.
Copyright Religion is our absolute opposite – Ongoing obstruction of copying.
We challenge all copyright believers – most of which have a great deal of influence in politics, and who derive their power by limiting people’s lives and freedom. What they most of all want to limit the knowledge. We need to steel ourselves for their hatred and aggression.
– Copy. download, uplooad!
– All knowlegde to all!
– Information technology is not to be feathered by laws.
The news of rejection disappointed Gerson who commented:
“It feels bitter. Last time we applied there were valid reasons for their rejection. We’ve had a dialogue with them since then, and sent in a new application with changes based on this dialogue,” he said. “So it feels rough not to know why we were rejected.”