Sweden has formally recognized the Church of Kopimism whose central tenet is the right to file-share.
The church claims that "kopyacting" - sharing information through copying - is akin to a religious service.
The church holds CTRL+C and CTRL+V (shortcuts for copy and paste) as sacred symbols.
It was founded by 19-year-old philosophy student and leader Isak Gerson. He hopes that file-sharing will now be given religious protection.
Despite the new-found interest in the organization, experts said religious status for file-sharing would have little effect on the global crackdown on piracy.
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