Pirates (the ones with keyboards, not peg legs) now have a recognized religion. The Church of Kopimism has been officially registered by the Swedish government, and it hopes to prevent the persecution of file-sharers. For the church, "information is holy and copying is sacrament." How does one worship information? According to the church's website, worshipers can participate in kopyactings, in which kopimists share information "through copying and remix." Unfortunately for kopimists, the new religion won't make it legal to share copyrighted material, though founder Isak Gerson says he hopes it's "one step towards the day we can live out our faith without fear of prosecution." Until then, pirates (and the rest of us) will have to continue to watch out for laws like SOPA.
The Church of Kopimism's file-sharing religion registered by Swedish government
A religion for pirates has been given the stamp of approval. The Church of Kopimism has been officially registered by the Swedish government, with the goal of preventing the persecution of pirates.