A group of P2P pirates want to get official recognition for filesharing as an official religion.
They have dubbed their “belief” the Missionary Kopimistsamfundet, or Missionary Church of Kopimism, and the central philosophy is that CTRL+C and CTRL+V are sacred symbols.
While the Muslims, Jews and Christians bang on about not stealing as one of their favourite commandments, next to the one about coveting your neighbour’s arse, the Church claims that sharing is everything.
The church has been dreamed up by a 19-year-old philosophy student, Isaac Gerson, who believes that copying and the sharing of information is the most beautiful thing in the world.
To copy and share is a token of appreciation, and a sign that people think you have done something good.
In 2010 the church applied to the authorities to be accepted as an official religion only to be denied on the grounds that its meetings did not constitute ‘worship’. Now the Church is finding out what is required in order to gain official acceptance.
They say that it is normal for various groups around the world to have been persecuted by oppressors. They have since taken refuge in religion with a desire for a peaceful coexistence. “Without threats and harassment,” the church explains.
Communication is sacred. Communication needs to be respected. It is a direct sin to monitor and eavesdrop on people. Absolute secrecy is holy in the Church of Kopimism, the outfit says. Although if it is secret then why are they making statements about it?
The commandments of the church are that reproduction of information and the flow of information is ethically right.
To remix information is a sacred kind of copying and a sign of respect to the originator, they say.
Obviously DRM and other methods of protecting or hiding code is the creation of an evil force. “To appropriate software (to keep source code hidden from others), is comparable to slavery, and should be banned.”
The church use the ‘Kopimi’ logo which is a pyramid with the letter K inside as their official symbol, and hold CTRL+C and CTRL+V as sacred.
If you want to join all you have to do is agree that everything should be copied and information should be free.
Then you have to magically load the church’s website so that the ‘kopimi’ logo refreshes (or indeed draw it, or copy it in any way) and you’re in. We accidently became members by opening the site so we hope there is not any punishment on those who fall from the religion.