Gaymer Sub-Reddit Gets Cease and Desist Letter

Gay Gamer chronicles a legal fight that is brewing between the sub-Reddit r/gaymers and Gaymer.org. Gaymer.org sent a cease and desist to Reddit asking that the sub-Reddit be removed because it violates a copyright it holds for "gaymer."

Here's the trademark Gaymer.org owns – filed by site owner Chris Vizzini in 2007:

"IC 042. US 100 101. G & S: Computer services, namely, creating an online community for registered users to participate in competitions, showcase their skills, get feedback from their peers, form virtual communities, engage in social networking and improve their talent; Computer services, namely, hosting and maintaining an online website for others to discuss, receive and disseminate information concerning video games; Computer services, namely, hosting on-line web facilities for others for organizing and conducting online meetings, gatherings, and interactive discussions. FIRST USE: 20030526. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20030526"

Users of r/gaymers say that the term 'gaymer' has been used for quite some time – in fact prior to 2003 (which the trademark cites as its first usage), but Vizzini is defending his cease and desist letter:

"I did send the reddit legal team a cease and desist letter," he wrote in an online chat room. "I emailed them asking them to change the name to something else but they ignored me so as a trademark holder I didn't have much choice."

"If you don't defend your trademark, you can lose it," he continued. "Tim and I spent nearly the last ten years and countless thousands on this site. I love it. And I'm not going to risk losing it. This is not a money maker for me, believe me. But the Gaymer name is something I worked hard on, way before reddit was even an idea."

We are not sure if the members of the sub-Reddit will fight this in some way or if they will back down because they lack options. Gay Gamer has a lot more on this story – including reaction from the community – right here.

 

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