Freedom of Religion in a Networked World – New Rivers to Cross?

February 5, 2012

In late 2011, Sweden officially recognized a “Church of Kopimism”,[1] which sees the act of file sharing, as sacred.[2]  Many a Nation State, would dare say that file-sharing must be policed, if not curtailed or stamped-out in order to protect intellectual property rights.[3]

There is already at least one branch of the Missionary Church of Kopimism in the Americas – British Columbia- and the new faith,[4] with its Holy Kopimi Pyramid, and its sacred symbols of “Ctrl-C”, and “Ctrl-P”,[5] may well spread, quickly, despite efforts by those who would not like to see it spread; which some might even call impermissible religious persecution in violation of applicable individual freedoms and human rights.[6]

If one nation has recognized this new religion, and the Internet virtually or physically leads the activities of that religion to another nation that highly values freedom of religion and a separation of Church and State; alongside its sovereignty in deciding how and in what way to best enforce its laws, and resolve any apparent conflicts between its laws, its treaty obligations, and plain old common sense….what will be the end-result?  We may soon see!

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Author:

Ekundayo George is a Sociologist, Lawyer, and Strategic Consultant, with experience in business law and counseling, diverse litigation, and regulatory practice.  He is licensed to practice law in Ontario, Canada, as well as multiple states of the United States of America (U.S.A.); and he has published in Environmental Law and Policy (National Security aspects).

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[1] BBC News.  Sweden recognizes new file sharing religion Kopimism.  Published in BBC News, Technology, on January 5, 2012.  Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16424659

[2] Id.

[3] There are some, however, who would say that file-sharing also has an upside.  See e.g. Nate Anderson.  File-sharing has weakened copyright – and helped society.  Precise publication date in “ars technica: law and disorder”, remains unknown.  Available at: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/06/file-sharing-has-weakened-copyrightand-helped-society.ars

[4] Wendy Gillis, Staff Reporter. Kopimism prepares to Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V Sweden success in Canada.  Published in The Star online, February 4, 2012.  Available at: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1126373–kopimism-prepares-to-ctrl-c-ctrl-v-sweden-success-in-canada

[5] Id.

[6] Supra. Note 4. According to the constitution of Kopimism, adherents are very much against any monitoring or recording of their worship meetings at what they call “Interaction Points.”  In the words of that constitution, the need for strict privacy arose “because of society’s vicious legislative and litigious persecution of Kopimists.” 

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