Isak Gerson's Church of Kopimism Recognized in Sweden as a Religion

We don't get the joke. Copyright violation is a crime.
Press release from the Church of Kopimism

The Church of Kopimism is recognized by the state of Sweden

Just before Christmas, the Swedish governmental agency Kammarkollegiet registered the Church of Kopimism as a religious organisation. This means that Sweden is the first country to recognize kopimism as a religion.

The Church of Kopimism have tried to become registered as a religious organisation by Kammarkollegiet for more than a year.

- Since Kammarkollegiet has been strict with formalities, we had to apply three times, a happy Gustav Nipe - board chairman for the organisation - says. He continues, I think it might have something to do with the governmental organisations abiding by a very copyright friendly attitude, with a twisted view on copying.
For the Church of Kopimism, information is holy and copying is a sacrament. Information holds a value, in itself and in what it contains, and the value multiplies through copying. Therefore, copying is central for the organisation and its members.

Being recognized by the state of Sweden is a large step for all of kopimi. Hopefully, this is one step towards the day when we can live out our faith without fear of persecution, says Isak Gerson, spiritual leader of the Church of Kopimism.

The Church of Kopimism is a religious organisation with roots from 2010. The organisation formalizes a community that's been well spread for a long time already. The community of kopimi requires no formal membership. You just have to feel a calling to worship what is the holiest of the holiest, information and copy. To do this, we organize kopyactings - religious services - where the kopimists share information with eachother through copying and remix.

Copy and seed.
Link http://kopimistsamfundet.se/
Isak Gerson, spiritual leader: 0046731585745
Gustav Nipe, board chairman: 0046760188918
Isak Gerson is involved in the Christian student movement in Sweden (which is anti-Israel), so despite his Jewish sounding name, he is not a Jew.

On his web page he explains further:
A "Kopimist" or "Kopimist intellectual" is person who has the philosophical belief that all information should be freely distributed and unrestricted. This philosophy opposes copyrights in all forms and encourages piracy of all types of media including music, movies, TV shows, and software. The term kopimist originates from the root word, kopimi, meaning 'copy me'.
As a writer who has been the victim of copyright violation, we do not find this activity humorous.

As a professor who takes religion seriously, we in no way agree with this declaration by Swedish authorities.


Anonymous said...

Isak Gerson is in fact jewish but does not believe in judaism. If he was anti semitic he would have to hate himself and his own family.

Isak Gerson said...

I'm not jewish. My father is jewish (which - if I understand it correctly - doesn't make me a jew). I have the greatest respect for him and the others jews I know. Regarding the political question of Palestine - which I assume is your basis for calling me anti semitic - some of my jewish friends agree with me, others do not. It is true that I oppose the Israeli regime and their actions. But I don't - and never have - oppose the presence of jews in Palestine, or anywhere. However, neither the Christian Student Movement nor I are anti semitic. I find it unfortunate that you chose to tag the post with antisemitism.

tzvee said...

Please don't take the tag personally, we don't have a tag for "anti-Israel" so we used that one. What confuses me in a Talmudic sense is that one person can declare there is no international law that protects copyright and then turn around and declare that there is all that "international law" that protects Palestinian land rights.