Redditor wins right to use anonymous screen name in copyright case

A Redditor who posted information about a Jehovah’s Witness-affiliated organization has won the right to defend themselves in court under a pseudonym. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which represented the user known only as Darkspilver, successfully argued that unmasking them put them at risk of being cast out by their Jehovah’s Witness community.

Not only does the ruling mean that Darkspilver’s identity will not be revealed to the organization, the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, it also found that Reddit posts are protected by the US’s First Amendment, regardless of where the user is from. The judge overseeing the case ruled that the First Amendment should apply because Reddit is a US-based company with a US audience.

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