Wednesday, September 12, 2012

(BREAKING) Defaced has found its website defaced today.  The entire website appears to have been wiped clean, leaving only one folder: "index-cgi," which blocks access with a "403 Forbidden" error.

At present, this is all that's left of the site.  Its founder, Chris Vizzini, secured the trademark for the term "gaymer" in 2007.  On Monday, September 10, Vizzini sent a Cease and Desist notice to Reddit's legal team over the subreddit "r/gaymer," citing infringement.  In an email to The Verge, Vizzini said that the swarm of negative buzz over the legal feud has led to his internet hosting provider terminating his account.  At present, he is "currently working on getting the site back online."

The site has been down for at least the past 24 hours, and it looks like it will stay that way until further notice.  In any case, this could either be a legal misunderstanding, or yet another case of copyright trolling. At this point, it's too soon to tell.

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