Sweden has formally recognized file sharing as an official religion. The Missionary Church of Kopimism was founded by file sharing purists who say it is holy to freely exchange information on the web. Computer commands such as Ctrl+C – Ctrl+V are considered sacred symbols, and its membership has reached 3,000 since it was founded in early 2010.
The followers of the religion are called Kopimists from copy me. According to the church, communication and computer skills among its followers is important, and there is also no belief in gods or supernatural phenomena in their religious system. The Church, based in Sweden, has been officially recognized on January 5, 2012 by the Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency.
Isak Gerson, founder of the Missionary Church of Kopimism ↓
“The basic idea is that the information and the copying is kind of holding its own rights and are sacred to us. So we believe that the copying and sharing of information shouldn’t be illegal but it should be encouraged.”