The gaymers subreddit community has filed a petition to cancel Chris Vizzini’s trademark on “gaymer.” Vizzini is the owner of gaymer.org and served the community with a cease and desist letter back in September over their alleged trademark infringement.
Mr. Vizzini, you keep using the word ‘gaymer.’ I do not think it means what you think it means.
To the rest of us, it means community. It means pride in our differentness and our small community. It means inclusiveness rather than exclusiveness. It means banding together and using a common hobby – games – to unite a sub-set of our community that otherwise has nothing substantive in common. It bridges the gap in the gay community of an arbitrary characteristic with an activity that allows commonality, of purpose and activity. In short, it is the antithesis of a claim of ownership and threats to exclude or demands to capitulate…Claiming ownership of the word gaymer is like claiming to own ‘soccer mom,’ ‘baby boomer,’ or ‘computer geek’.
And so, on behalf of the reddit gaymer community, we have engaged the law firm of Perkins Coie to pursue this matter on our behalf and they are representing us pro bono. Yesterday afternoon we filed a petition with the Trademark Office to cancel the “Gaymer” trademark registration.
“This registration should never have been granted,” said Electronic Frontier Foundation Intellectual Property Director Corynne McSherry in a statement. “Gaymer is a common term that refers to members of this vibrant gaming community, and we are happy to help them fight back and make sure the term goes back to the public domain where it belongs.”
If the reddit gaymers and gaymer.org can’t settle their dispute through the proper legal channels, may we suggest taking their battle where it truly belongs — the virtual realm — with a high-stakes, winner-take-all digital blood bath on that pay-for-gay Star Wars planet, Makeb?