Piracy Religion Crossed into AmericaAdded: Saturday, April 28th, 2012
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21st century has shown a few cargo cults whose believers were people looking for god in the form of technology. On top of them you will find Apple, with its worship of Steve Jobs and its swirling queues around sacred places of worship (apparently, Apple stores).
Nevertheless, a new religion is now rising up to challenge Apple in its own latte belt. The talk is about the Swedish “online piracy religion”, which is now seeking official recognition in America. Calling itself “Kopimism”, the religion says that any act of copying data is sacred and therefore can’t be limited by any human legislation.
It was introduced back in 2010 to a 19-year-old philosophy student named Isak Gerson. Unlike other religions that have crucifixes, Kopimism holds Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V as sacred symbols. As for the name of the religion, it was inspired from a mistranslation of 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Copy me, my brothers, just as I copy Christ himself”. Actually, the original verse really says “follow me” instead of “copy me”, but it seems that Koptics haven’t read the rival religion’s texts.
Meanwhile, Kopimism has already set branches in eighteen counties, and has recently been registered in Illinois, USA. The American branch of the church is now doing its best to get federal recognition and tax status.
This may appear a bit tricky, provided that the United States is considered by many the home of the Great Satan of Kopism – pro-copyright industry. Entertainment industry is the key persecutor of all pirates, and the religion believes that if it had its way, all pirates would have been crucified in public places.
The American branch is led by Christopher Carmean, a student at the University of Chicago. He has told the local media that almost 500 people have already registered in his church, while 30 of them are already actively participating in congregations. Although there haven’t appeared to be any martyrdoms, it’s still early days yet.
Although the religions usually need a founder (most preferably if he or she dies while carrying his or her mission), and even Apple is still leading the pack on that one, Kopimism doesn’t have any.
In the European Union, the Pope is the biggest enemy of Kopism, claiming that this religion was a send up of religion, of copyright and of the government to register such an outfit as religious.
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Saturday, April 28th, 2012
|posted by (2012-04-28 19:34:44)|
|Haha! that is awsome never heard about it before|
|posted by (2012-04-28 19:52:13)|
|F-ing fantastic, where do I sign up!!!!!!!|
|LOL just when i thougt i heard it all america pulls out all the stops lol|
|Personally, I don't think this is a good idea. Sure, it's funny, but there's far too great a chance of people eventually taking it too far, with unstable individuals actually believing it and not getting the joke of their own "religion." I'm all for the humorous angle, and making a point, but pray nobody ever takes it seriously and grants them official status. That'd be disastrous on so many levels, for both "sides."|
|Are they hoping that if they receive official recognition for their psuedo-religion, that their core beliefs (of electronic piracy), will be protected and upheld by the governments in the countries they operate? Good try, but a bit naive perhaps. Could end up with some tax breaks tho.|
|posted by (2012-04-29 01:23:44)|
|posted by (2012-04-29 02:06:48)|
|I don't see this happening.|
@KitchenSync_RG: yes it would safe guard them, the recording industry would not be able to do as they wished till laws changed again.
but new religions pop up all the time, most of witch you never here about.
|stupid just like all other religions|
how is downloading music and movies a religion ? or how could it be ? america just needs to rise up and crush the upper 1 pecent, and also the music and movie industry make enough they need to do something about thier own storage like i dont know maybe store it better then letting it go on the web. also dont we have enough stupid ass religions in the states already i mean christians, catholics, muslims all are fukked anyways. But on the bright side maybe they will get some of those hardcore radical korpism mofo's and they can blow shit up
|posted by (2012-04-29 05:53:02)|
|Personally I agree with kitchen sync, look at Scientology that's just ridiculous, literally the work of a science fiction writer but get enough people and things get crazy...|
|posted by (2012-04-29 15:17:58)|
|Getting to the point:|
A Swedish religion whose dogma centers on the belief that people should be free to copy and distribute all information—regardless of any copyright or trademarks—has made its way to the United States.
Followers of so-called "Kopimism" believe copying, sharing, and improving on knowledge, music, and other types of information is only human—the Romans remixed Greek mythology, after all, they say. In January, Kopimism—a play on the words "copy me"—was formally recognized by a Swedish government agency, raising its profile worldwide."Culture is something that makes people feel much better and makes people appreciate their world in a different way. Knowledge is also something we should copy regardless of the law," says Isak Gerson, the 20-year-old founder of Kopimism. "It makes us better when we share knowledge and culture with each other."
More than 3,500 people "like" Kopimism on Facebook, and thousands more practice its sacred ritual of file sharing.
Quote: USA News, "Kopimism, Sweden's Pirate Religion, Begins to Plunder America"
|posted by (2012-04-29 15:31:33)|
|hmm ..I wonder if gaining federal recognition, making it a religion, will make it legal? Unless this is their agenda Im wondering if ppl could possibly be that stupid smh|
|posted by (2012-04-29 19:39:35)|
|@11 bluepeas, you're almost there, lol. On the last consensus I became a Jedi Knight cos I think my religion is none of Big Brothers business. Then I discovered this......"Jedi Knights had 390,127 followers, and formed a larger group than several of the “major religions”: Jews (259, 927); Sikhs (329, 358); Buddhists (144,453); or minor religions such as Jainism (15,132), Zoroastrianism (3,738) or the Baha’i faith (4,645)." So now the force goes with me!|
|would this stop SOPA in anyway?|
|im all for kopimism..if i can get a tax break for piracy sign me up ..Great article TYVM||
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