Every time there’s a census in the UK, lots of people enter ‘Jedi’ as their religion, and chortle at the thought of Star Wars spawning an official religion in the real world if enough people follow suit. It seems filesharing is the equivalent in Sweden, albeit through different means. The Church of Kopimism has been approved as an official religion there, with filesharing as its key belief. “I think that more people will have the courage to step out as Kopimists. Maybe not in the public, but at least to their close ones,” says founder Isak Gerson. “There’s still a legal stigma around copying for many. A lot of people still worry about going to jail when copying and remixing. I hope in the name of Kopimi that this will change.” The Church claims 3,000 members, and says its sacred symbols are – wait for it – CTRL+C and CTRL+V.

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