‘Pirate’ religion of Kopimism arrives in the U.S.
The Raw Story
Sweden’s Missionary Church of Kopimism, which was founded in the fall of 2010 and grantedofficial recognition by the Swedish government this past January, has already established branches in eighteen countries, including the United States. Now the upstart religion is beginning to attract mainstream attention.
Kopimism is currently featured in a <a href="http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/04/20/kopimism-swedens-pirate-religion-begins-to-p
lunder-america” target=”_blank”>story in US News and World Report, somewhat misleadingly titled “Kopimism, Sweden’s Pirate Religion, Begins to Plunder America.” Christopher Carmean, the founder of the U.S. branch, told US News, “Data is what we are made of, data is what defines our life, and data is how we express ourselves. … Attempts to hinder sharing are antithetical to our data-driven existence.”
The Church of Kopimism comes across partly as a spoof of organized religion similar to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, partly as an attempt to gain support for its desire to do away with most copyright laws, and in part completely in earnest. READ
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