Efforts by the music and film industries to fight against digital piracy were dealt a blow in April 2012 by a decision of the Swedish government to recognise as a religion the so-called 'church' of Kopimism.
The central belief of Kopimism is that 'kopyacting' or sharing information across the Internet, is akin to a relgious service. Its founder, 19-year-old philosophy student Isak Gerson, said that he hoped file-sharing would be given religious protection.
"For the Church of Kopimism, information is holy and copying is a sacrament," he explained.
Members of the Kopimism church are known as Kopimi. Their new status was secured only after they had applied for it three times.