The basic precepts, referred to as axioms, upon which The Church of Kopimism is based are as follows:
● Copying of information is ethically right.
● Dissemination of information is ethically right.
● Copymixing is a sacred kind of copying, moreso than the perfect, digital copying, because it expands and enhances the existing wealth of information
● Copying or remixing information communicated by another person is seen as an act of respect and a strong expression of acceptance and Kopimistic faith.
● The internet is holy.
● Code is law.
Isak Gerson identifies the group’s central ritual practice as “kopyacting,” through which members “worship the value of information by copying it” (George 2012). This may take place in person, or over the Internet. The keyboard shortcuts for “Copy” and “Paste,” CTRL+C and CTRL+V, respectively, are considered sacred symbols within the church. The “Kopimi” emblem is also attributed great significance. A ‘K’ within a pyramid, its presence on the Internet indicates that the author allows and in fact encourages his or her material to be copied. Ibrahim Botani, a Kurdish émigré to Sweden, is credited with creating this “un-copyright logo” and was “a central figure in Piratbyrån” (Romig 2012). The simple act of copying information is regarded by Kopimists as a sacred and missionary activity.
( The Missionary Church of Kopimism (via neil-gaiman)
Well, I know that I’d watch it…
Please, PLEASE someone make this movie. You can have all my monies.
What Kind of breed is Cabal (and now Lola)?
He is, as the farmer who gave him to me said at the time (and I doubted at the time, because I didn’t know that he was white under all that) a White German Shepherd Dog (what we called an Alsatian when I was growing up in England — the German Shepherd became known as an Alsatian in the UK during World War I in much the same way that French Fries became Freedom Fries in the US a few years back). There would be a lot more White German Shepherds around if the Nazis hadn’t decided they were racially inferior and needed to be cleansed from the gene pool. Of course, the same could be said of my family.
I should start reading these again.