Judge: Jehovah’s Witness Parodies Are Fair Use. Watch Tower: So What?
In 2018, Watch Tower filed for a DMCA subpoena that would’ve required YouTube to hand over the identity of an animator who parodied the religious group in his videos. When that stalled, Watch Tower filed a copyright lawsuit. Citing fair use, a judge has now ruled that the subpoena will not be granted. Surprisingly, Watch Tower is pressing ahead with its copyright lawsuit regardless.
Depending on opinion, the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, the supervising body and publisher for the Jehovah’s Witness religious group, either doesn’t like criticism, dislikes copyright infringement, or hates both.
Since cracking down on the former is all but impossible, Watch Tower keeps an eye out for people who criticize the religion by leveraging its own copyrighted material, such as videos or songs, against it.
This means that opposing opinions become somewhat of a footnote when the group launches copyright infringement action.
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