Thursday, January 5, 2012

File-sharing (Pirating) recognized as religion in Sweden

From Foreign Policy's Passport blog:
I've written a couple things on this blog over the years about the Pirate Party, the global political movement founded by Swedish software entrepreneur and 2011 global thinker Rick Falkvinge, which aims to legalize file-sharing and do away with current intellectual property laws. 
But the Swedes have now taken it to a whole new level, as the file-sharing news website TorrentFreak reports:
Since 2010 a group of self-confessed pirates have tried to get their beliefs recognized as an official religion in Sweden. After their request was denied several times, the Church of Kopimism – which holds CTRL+C and CTRL+V as sacred symbols – is now approved by the authorities as an official religion. The Church hopes that its official status will remove the legal stigma that surrounds file-sharing. [...]