Ravelympics?

**Update**

The US Olympic Committee issued an apology for the terminology in the letter. Actually, they issued two since the fist wasn’t deemed sufficient. It did seem a little forced, but it was still an apology. I appreciate the effort to clear the mess, although I don’t think other fiber crafters are as easily appeased.

Apparently this is their standard Cease and Desist letter. Personally, I think they could stand to be more tactful and less condescending in their C&D letter.

Also, according to Trademark laws you must defend your Trademark every time someone else uses it otherwise you lose your rights to defend it at all. Like I said below, it wasn’t the C&D letter it was the terminology within.

You can see the official apology here.

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Hi all. So I know that this a food blog that I’ve started here. But a while ago I maintained a knitting blog (It’s called Insert Creative Title Here, if you’re interested).

I’ve been a fiber arts enthusiast for about 4 years. I was very into knitting and dabbled a little in spinning. The fiber arts community is huge and even has its own social network, it’s called Ravelry. Ravelry contains an amazing group of people. Fiber arts crafters are some of the warmest, kindest, funniest people you will ever meet and I made some great friends there.

For the past 4 years Ravelry has held two events dubbed the Ravelympics. It has events like the Afghan Marathon and WIP (Work in Progress) Wrestling. The idea is to start and complete projects within the timeframe of the Olympics (well, except for WIP wrestling where you complete projects that have been lounging around), to challenge yourself and have fun while watching and supporting the Olympics.

Today, the U.S. Olympic Committee issued Ravelry a cease and desist letter, saying “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.”

Really! “…denigrate the true nature of the Olympic Games.” ? Really? …Really?? Apparently knitting, crocheting, weaving, or spinning while watching the Olympics is “denigrating” towards the athletes and diminishes their physical accomplishments.

Not only that, but they demanded that patterns featuring the Olympic rings be removed. Free, not for profit, patterns that support the Olympics must be removed. Personally I think this demand is completely outrageous. Are they going to demand people who make home made t-shirts in support of the athletes cut them into pieces, too?

The demeaning comment by the USOC has millions of crafters in an outrage. Yes they may have the right to ask Ravelry to stop using the name “Ravelympics” but the additional derogatory commentary was unnecessary and unprofessional.

If you follow me on Twitter you’ve seen a stream of tweets with the hash tag #Ravelympics. This has gotten so big it is a trend on Twitter.  The USOC has managed to lose millions of viewers from the fiber craft community as well as boycotts for their sponsors. (Check out sponsors here)

Read the Gawker article here.

Okay… I now return you to  your regularly scheduled food blog. 😉

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