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Jehovah’s Witnesses Can’t Unmask Reddit User Under Copyright Law

March 4, 2020, 4:45 PM

The publisher of The Watchtower, the official magazine of Jehovah’s Witnesses, can’t unmask an anonymous Reddit critic who posted materials from it, a San Francisco federal court ruled.

The Redditor made fair use of the materials to criticize The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania’s fundraising and data privacy practices, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California said Monday.

Reddit user Darkspilver says he’s a practicing Jehovah’s Witness from outside of the U.S. who has “issues” with some of the group’s teachings and practices. He joined a subreddit for former Jehovah’s Witnesses to discuss matters ...