USOC v Ravelry

Now for a matter that is near and dear to my heart. Upon arriving home from work yesterday I checked in on Facebook, and found myself immediately linked back to Ravelry (my favorite social networking site). The link took me to a letter that had been posted in the forums. The letter was a cease and desist request by the USOC stating that the term “Ravelympics” infringed upon the trademark for the Olympic Games. I was not really sure I cared. I mean it’s stupid, but whatever, we live in capitalist society. The commercialism and greed that we endure daily is just a part of the world in which we live, and Casey (one of the founders of Ravelry) stated that the lawyers were dealing with it. I mean really what else is there. We get to keep the name, or we don’t.

But wait, then there was this comment among others:

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.

Wow! Really? Now that felt personal, and personally I’ve been knitting and crocheting longer than some of them have been alive. Do we really want to go there?

Needless to say, I was angry. As the evening wore on I was able to cool down, and at least it didn’t keep me awake through the night. I went to work this morning and even forgot about it for a while. When I got home I was feeling a little more sane about the whole thing. It is really just business and not personal (poorly worded cause it felt personal), and not worth getting my feelings hurt. Upon returning home I found the drama was still alive and well. Of course they did hurt the feelings/pride of over a million knitters and crocheters, so some drama was bound to ensue. It would seem that the outpouring from my peers had caused the USOC to reconsider the wording of its letter and make an attempt to apologize. It was no great apology, in fact it wasn’t even good, kinda sad really, but it was an apology just the same.  Yet so many are still so angry. Hurt feelings take a long time to heal.

Meanwhile I’d like to share some words of wisdom from the Yarn Harlot. I don’t agree 100%, but I must admit that for the most part she is right. So I for one will try to breathe deep and keep my cool.

Happy knitting!!!


2 responses to “USOC v Ravelry

  1. I so agree with you. It wasn’t the cease and desist order or not being able to use the name Ravelympics. We will find a new name and still have the same competitions. It’s part of what we are about. It was the fact that the USOC said that we as knitters or crocheters aren’t as serious or stressed about our craft.

    • I’ll be sad if we have to change the name, but it was definately the insult that got me riled up. =)