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Owner of “gaymer” trademark says he's an underdog, not a bully

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January 30, 2013

Some of the gay gamers at reddit who congregate in the /r/gaymers subreddit view the blogger who sent them a cease-and-desist letter, Chris Vizzini, as a bully. Vizzini owns the gaymer.org website and says he has trademark rights to the word "gaymer." He claims other "social" websites that use it are stealing away clicks that belong to him.

The dispute over the term "gaymer" turned into a public brouhaha last week, when the folks at /r/gaymers lawyered up, working with pro bono counsel from Perkins Coie and the Electronic Frontier Foundation to file a petition [PDF] to cancel Vizzini's trademark. The petition says "gaymer" is a generic word that has been used by gay, lesbian, and bisexual gamers since the mid-'90s.

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