So to some of you who don’t know what the Ravelympics are it’s a group on Ravelry and every year around the time the Olympic games begin we all are in individual groups knitting/crocheting/spinning for projects in different categories. It’s just for fun and a motivation for some to finally finish those WIP’s anyway on with my rant…..The Olympic Game lawyers has been in touch with the organizers with our little event and has threatened us with plagiarizing and copyright infringements due to our groups name. Ridiculous! We are in no way stealing anything from our hard working athletes and we respect everything that goes along with the preparation of the Olympics! I enjoy watching it every year! If anything maybe our group would involve more viewers! Many of us are outraged world wide and many articles were printed in accordance to this. One article from Gawkerand many other twitter posts and such were burning through electronically all day yesterday. Then an apology was issued.
Jun 21, 2012, 12:07 PM ET
“As a follow-up to our previous statement on this subject, we would again like to apologize to the members of the Ravelry community. While we stand by our obligation to protect the marks and terms associated with the Olympic and Paralympic Movements in the United States, we sincerely regret the use of insensitive terms in relation to the actions of a group that was clearly not intending to denigrate or disrespect the Olympic Movement. We hope you’ll accept this apology and continue to support the Olympic Games.”
Statement from USOC Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer Patrick Sandusky:
“Thanks to all of you who have posted, tweeted, emailed and called regarding the letter sent to the organizers of the Ravelympics.
Like you, we are extremely passionate about what we do. And, as you may know, the United States Olympic Committee is a non-profit entity, and our Olympic team receives no government funding. We are totally dependent on our sponsors, who pay for the right to associate with the Olympic Movement, as well as our generous donors to bring Team USA to the Games.
The letter sent to the organizers of the Ravelympics was a standard-form cease and desist letter that explained why we need to protect our trademarks in legal terms. Rest assured, as an organization that has many passionate knitters, we never intended to make this a personal attack on the knitting community or to suggest that knitters are not supportive of Team USA.
We apologize for any insult and appreciate your support. We embrace hand-crafted American goods as we currently have the Annin Flagmakers of New Jersey stitching a custom-made American flag to accompany our team to the Olympic Games in London. To show our support of the Ravelry community, we would welcome any handmade items that you would like to create to travel with, and motivate, our team at the 2012 Games.”
So now that’s out of the way we can continue on as planned. We will continue to support the Olympic Games and honor the hard work and dedication of all whom are involved in putting together such a spectacular event.