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Al Tab - The Kopimist Preacher

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Published on Jan 5, 2012

05/01/12

A New Era Has Come:

The Missionary Church of Kopimism, founded by 19-year-old philosophy student Isak Gerson,[1] is a congregation of file sharers who claim that copying information is a sacred virtue.[2][3][4] The Church, based in Sweden, has been officially recognized by the Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency ("kammarkollegiet") as a religious community, after three application attempts.[1][5]

The followers of the religion are called Kopimists from copy me. According to the church, "In our belief, communication is sacred."[2] No belief in gods or supernatural phenomena is mentioned on their web site. CTRL+C and CTRL+V, familiar to those with rudimentary computing skills as the shortcut keys for "Copy" and "Paste," are considered sacred symbols.

January 5, 2012, Kopimism was accepted by Sweden as a legitimate religion. The religion's association with illegal file sharing has been said to not be a sign that file sharing that steps beyond legal borders will be excused from Sweden's zero-tolerance approach to the matter.

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