But a group of gay and lesbian gamers from the social network Reddit challenged Vizzini after he sent them cease and desist letters for using "r/gaymers" as the moniker for their web forum. Abetted by lawyers from the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation and Perkins Coie, they petitioned the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to revoke Vizzini's trademark in January. Last Wednesday, he voluntarily surrendered. As EFF intellectual property director Corynne McSherry argued, no person should be allowed to own a group identity.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
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