Hell Hath No Fury…

like a knitter scorned.

The USOC has apparently gone insane trying to protect the “image” of the Olympics.  They have sent a Cease and Desist type letter to Ravelry, stating that the “Ravelympics” is guilty of “infringing” on their “intellectual property rights” and “We believe using the name “Ravelympics” for a competition that involves an afghan marathon, scarf hockey and sweater triathlon, among others, tends to denigrate the true nature of the Olympic Games.  In a sense, it is disrespectful to our country’s finest athletes and fails to recognize or appreciate their hard work.”.  Seriously?  SERIOUSLY?

The Ravelympics were organized as a booster club.  Ravelry nor the participants profit monetarily from the “games”.  Those participating knit in the “events” they sign up for by knitting items that fit the stated criteria for that event, often while WATCHING the Olympics.  Tons of time, care, love and effort go into making these items… and LEARNING how to craft in general.

It’s a way for lovers of the fiber arts to come together from around the globe and challenge themselves, push themselves, and better themselves with like minded people all over the globe.  Hmmmm… Yeah.  I can definitely see why that denigrates the true spirit of the Olympic games.  It is DEFINITELY an insult to the athletes and all the work they put into their craft.  Oops.  Sport.  *cough*

Seems to me the only ones maligning the spirit and the essence of the Olympics are the litigious, greedy, self-aggrandizing, egocentric people pushing this sort of nonsense. Of course, what do I know.  I’m just a knitter…

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4 responses to “Hell Hath No Fury…

    • Yep seriously. I understand branding is important and all but the USOC doesn’t own the entirety of the Olympics. Also, it’s just beyond ridiculous to pursue something like this unless the party being notified reflects POORLY only your brand and image. That’s HARDLY the case here.

      *Takes Deep Breath* Can you TELL I’m a lil worked up? Ugh.

  1. Yeah I saw that and thought there are going to be some pissed off knitters/crocheters in the world today. It’s really sad that they felt the need to make us feel small in our craft when if we didn’t do this there are probably folks that wouldn’t even care to watch the Olympics. It is a world event. How dare the U.S. Committee take ownership of the word. So much for teamwork and national comraderie. I bet the athletes don’t even care as long as folks are watching and they get to compete in the biggest games of their lives (for most of them).

    • I’d love to hear from some of them on this sort of thing. Wanna bet some of the athletes knit or crochet? 😀 The world has gone crazy my friend. It’s dragging the rest of us with it! Oy!