Don’t feel embarrassed if you have never heard of the Church of Kopimism. The church is only recognised in Sweden, and it took three attempts for the church to even be recognised. After reading about it below, you will wonder how it was ever recognised by the state.
So what is the Church of Kopimism? The Church of Kopimism is a congregation of file sharers who feel it is their sacred virtue to copy information. The church believe that all information should be freely available for copying and distribution, and they are against all forms of copyright. As a matter of fact they hold the act of copying sacred.
So you are probably wondering if they have a sacred symbol like many of the major religions of the world. We can confirm they certainly do, but it isn’t a cross, star or crescent. The sacred symbol for the Church of Kopimism is Control C and Control V, the computer shortcut keys for copy and paste.
The Church of Kopimism was founded by 19 year old philosophy student Isak Gerson. The religion was founded and recognised by Swiss law in 2012. On 28th April, 2012, the church conducted its first wedding in Belgrade, Serbia, between a Romanian woman and an Italian man. At the wedding, the Kopimism priest conducting the ceremony wore a Guy Fawkes mask, as often seen in hacking group Anonymous’ videos. Of the wedding the church said, “We are very happy today. Love is all about sharing. A married couple share everything with each other. Hopefully, they will copy and remix some DNA-cells and create a new human being. That is the spirit of Kopimism. Feel the love and share that information. Copy all of its holiness.” The church’s founder even attended the wedding as a witness.
A note worth mentioning. If you go their site you will not find a copyright notice anywhere on any of their pages.