I wonder if there will be a SOPAist religion. There could then be a holy war between the two. Online, of course. In a video game which you either buy or pirate, depending on your religious persuasion. Doing either would be considered an act of war by the other side.

Kopimism is now an official religion in Sweden.

Kopimi beliefs originated with the Swedish group called Piratbyran who believed that everything should be shared freely online without restrictions from copyright. Leader Isak Gerson, has recently had some disagreements with the Swedish Pirate Party where many people disagree with all religions.

Although the formal status of the Church doesn’t mean that copyright infringement is now permitted, the Church’s founder hopes that their beliefs will be considered in future lawmaking.

During the last half year the Missionary Church of Kopimism tripled its members from 1,000 to 3,000 and it’s expected that the recent news will cause another surge in followers. Official member or not, Gerson encourages everyone with an Internet connection to keep on sharing.

Found by Brother Uncle Don



  1. UncDon says:

    Official disclaimer: Though I shared the link with my brother for publication here, I am not a member of this religion. Or a file sharer of any other persuasion.

  2. Mac Guy says:

    Det liker jeg mye… 🙂

    “Piratbyran” literally translates to “The Pirate Town.” I wonder what they’re referring to…

    • Tippis says:

      No, it literally translates to “the pirate agency” (or “the pirate chiffonier” if you want to really mistranslate it) — because it’s actually spelled piratbyrån. The umlaut makes all the difference. 😉

      • pedro says:

        That’d be Bureau. Bureau & Chiffonier are synonyms in the office furniture department but the one used as an euphemism for paperwork (which an agency will fit into) is Bureaucracy which came from Bureau.

        Thanks for bringing the right translation to the blog. Town made absolutely no sense.

      • Mac Guy says:

        It’s not an umlaut. The letter å and the letter ä are totally different. At least in Norwegian (which is pronounced very similarly to Swedish), the letter å is pronounced like “oa,” similar to “boa” (with more emphasis on the “a” sound). The letter ä is pronounced more like “ah” like “bat.”

        Jeg studerte norsk i et år på universitetet i Wisconsin i Madison. 🙂

  3. Animby says:

    Oh, those silly Swedes!

    Personally, I have never shared a file.
    I’ve borrowed some. Quite a few, actually.

  4. Go Fish says:

    Cheap herring-eating bastards.

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    • Animby says:

      How much do you get paid for product promotions? Not even more than a parsec or two off topic, either…


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