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New religion alert

  1. Jan 5, 2012 #1

    Gokul43201

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    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/01/05/file_sharing_sweden_kopimism_religion/

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16424659

    I'm not a big fan of this religion, though perhaps for somewhat different reasons than why I'm not a big fan of most religions. But now that kopyacting is considered a religion, would the forum rules prohibit members from making value judgments on copyright violations? :bugeye:

    I can't imagine anything even remotely close to this (the enchurchment of kopimism) being possible in the US in the near future. I think it takes a much more socialist leaning electorate to exert the pressure necessary for such an action.
     
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  3. Jan 5, 2012 #2

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    Wow, Gokul! Just Wow!

    There is a local church here that puts on seminars in fishing, ice-fishing, hunting, trapping, handgun safety... Anything you can think of relating to outdoor sports, but still they are fundamentalist Christians in their beliefs. It's kind of funny. You drive by the place and you never know if the sign out front is going to be featuring a bible verse, a clever saying, or a notice of some sport-related seminar. A few weeks back, the sign invited drivers to stop in and talk to Jesus, or alternatively, text while driving to meet him in person.
     
  4. Jan 5, 2012 #3

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    I assume that the word "kopimism" and the word "kleptomania" have the same root.
     
  5. Jan 5, 2012 #4

    Evo

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    How does Sweden define religion?
     
  6. Jan 5, 2012 #5
    Off to the volcano with you.
     
  7. Jan 5, 2012 #6

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    I'll have to put you in touch with pastor, and you can pitch him in. I didn't come up with that one.
     
  8. Jan 5, 2012 #7
    kopimi is to be pronounce "copy-me"
     
  9. Jan 5, 2012 #8

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    Any organization where the aim is to have a religious community and there is some form of religious service. The latter can for example be any form of praying of mediation

    There are a few additional rules (there needs to be a board of directors etc) but that is about it. There is also a SEK 500 annual fee.

    (I looked up the rules on Kammerkollegiets website, Kammarkollegiet is a Swedish government agency which deals with things like this).
     
  10. Jan 5, 2012 #9

    Fredrik

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    Short Swedish lesson:
    to copy = att kopiera
    a copy = en kopia​

    In the USA, religious organizations get special favors from the government. In particular, they don't have to pay taxes. In Sweden, they pay a small fee of about USD 70 a year to stay registered, and don't get any special treatment. They can apply for financial support, but I doubt this one would get any. About USD 7 million was paid to religious organizations last year.
     
  11. Jan 5, 2012 #10

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    I don't see it as any more wierd than beliefs that the US already classifies as religion (and some of them are even held by people who are running for president). It's just "differently wierd".
     
  12. Jan 5, 2012 #11

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    What planet am I on?
     
  13. Jan 5, 2012 #12

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    Now if anyone attempts to punish them for sharing copyrighted material they can claim persecution instead of prosecution.
     
  14. Jan 5, 2012 #13

    Evo

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    So, basically any group of people that wish to break the law in Sweden can just pretend it's a religion? I can see the Church of Sacred Embezelling, the Church of Stock Fraud...
     
  15. Jan 5, 2012 #14

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    Am I the only one who think it's obvious that this is an attempt at religious satire?
     
  16. Jan 5, 2012 #15
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16424659

    What train of thinking could induce anyone hearing this argument to accept it as sincere? I don't think there is one. I suspect the people who approved the "religion" were simply at a loss as to how to demonstrate it isn't sincere.
     
  17. Jan 5, 2012 #16
    That crossed my mind, but I think they're actually just exploiting an achilles heal to be able to copy whatever they want.
     
  18. Jan 5, 2012 #17

    Fredrik

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    What makes you think they'll be able to do that?
     
  19. Jan 5, 2012 #18

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    I don't think being a member of the Church of Kopimism makes them immune to the Swedish law.

    Whatever the intentions, I find it funny. Most likely it should be put in one drawer with pastafarianism.
     
  20. Jan 5, 2012 #19
    Maybe I misunderstood. I thought the idea was to be able to share files that were actually not legally supposed to be shared.
     
  21. Jan 5, 2012 #20

    Evo

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    They are a pro-piracy group. This is from the first article with a link to their website.

     
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