We all know about Catholicism, Buddhism, Islam and so on plus the major cults and sects like Scientology, etc. But you probably haven’t heard of the “Missionary Church of Copying”, yet, have you?

Today is Easter, yesterday was the international day of books and yes – Copyright so – in a weird way – all of this comes just on time.

via flickr CC abohemianlikeu

This new religion is the brainchild of 19 year old Isak Gerson from Uppsala, Sweden and it is rather different than any other cult or religion that came before it.

On their homepage they say that “The missionary kopimistsamfundet” is a religious group centered in Sweden who believe that copying and the sharing of information is the best and most beautiful that is. To have your information copied is a token of appreciation, that someone think you have done something good.”

The first thought that comes to mind is of course: They are just trying to legitimize illegal file-sharing by turning it into a “religious freedom”, similar to the early Hippies in America who tried to legalize Marihuana through the loophole of classifiyng it as a religious sacrament.

But it turns out, there’s more to it than that.

In an interview with the German jetzt.de, Isak Gerson says the copyright industry doesn’t necessarily enforce laws because they believe in them, but – because they make money doing so! Further, he says, that they are probably aware of this, but they’re still earning too much to abstain from it.

Furhtermore, on the homepage of the “Missionary Church of Copying” there is a call to “challenge all copyright believers” and it is declared that “it is a direct sin to monitor and eavesdrop on people.”

But apart from all of the heavy religious lingo and an agenda which looks very similar to the Pirate party, what does the “Missionary Church of Copying” actually do?

Instead of religious service and liturgy they have something called “kopyacting” which is a form of information distribution ranging from using photocopiers to bit-torrent technology.

According to Isak, so far about 500 people have signed up for becoming part of this new religion, although they’ve only recently begun to offer registration on their website.

After accepting the “statement of faith” , anyone can sign up to become a member.

According to its founder there are a lot of difference between what they do and what the Pirate Party does. Apart from not trying to be part of the parliament, the “Missionary Church of Copying” for example strives to abolish all forms of copyright where the Pirate Party simply tries to reduce those laws.

source: http://jetzt.sueddeutsche.de/texte/anzeigen/523549/Kopieren-als-Religion-Isak-glaubt-ans-Duplizieren

image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/abohemianlikeu/264107820/sizes/z/

thanks to @samedreamchina for tweeting about this