Summary Box: File-sharing Group Seen As Religious

Published January 5, 2012 11:36PM (EST)

GOT THE NOD: A file-sharing group that considers itself a spiritual organization says Sweden has recognized it as a religious community.

THE BACKDROP: The development comes amid a global crackdown on file-sharing websites often used to illegally download movies, TV shows and music.

JUSTIFICATION: The group's leader says some 3,000 members meet every week to share files of music, films and other content they consider holy and regard copying as a sacrament. The public authority responsible for such decisions was closed for the day and couldn't be reached to confirm the approval.

By Salon Staff

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