Sweden has a new officially recognized religion, and it's the Missionary Church of Kopimism, which has been finally been successful, after trying to gain recognition since 2010. What's different about the religion is that the congregation is a group of file sharers who hold that "copying information is a sacred virtue."
After failing twice before, authorities finally recognized the organization as an official religion when the Church of Kopimism formalized its method of "praying or meditation." The Church’s founder, Philosophy student Isak Gerson and hopes that the Church's validation will "increase church attendance," so to speak.
Recognition of the religion doesn't mean that copyright infringement is now legal, by the way.
During the past six months the Missionary Church of Kopimism has seen its membership triple, from 1,000 to 3,000. While it's hoped membership will spike with new recognition, no matter what, Gerson encourages both followers and non-followers to continue file-sharing.
He said, "We confessional Kopimists have not only depended on each other in this struggle, but on everyone who is copying information. To everyone with an internet connection: Keep copying. Maintain hardline Kopimi."