Kopimism: A new take on copyright
John Tagliabue’s article “In Sweden, Taking File Sharing to Heart. And to Church.” (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/26/world/europe/in-sweden-taking-file-sharing-to-heart-and-to-church.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0) describes a Swedish religion by the name of Kopimism. This religion, born out of the technological age, doesn’t focus on a deity of any kind, but instead puts more emphasis on the community side of religion. This cult is based off of the internet’s file sharing abilities and that copyright should be a thing of the passed.
While as religion is definitely a personal and community issue and should not be judged by others the appearance of this religion, at least to myself, is that of a hoax to cover up a need for piracy. Copyright laws exist for a reason and this particular cult is adamant in the fact that they shouldn’t be, and that files should be freely shared on the Internet. I will not deny I have had my share of downloads over the Internet in my younger days however I still feel bad about it. Writers, musicians, actors, directors etc. all lose profit when their art is illegally downloaded. Sure the argument can be made that they make enough money already but then the same could be said for CEO’s. They make enough money already so why should I get free gas? Or free groceries?
Other than the file sharing aspect, Kopimism appears to be a strong community for those among the Internet. If they shifted their main focus from an illegal activity to something like sharing their own ideas instead of stealing others to share, then they would have my support. I will always believe religion has a place in society, but I cannot agree with a religion that defies the laws laid out by society.