This whole story amazes me. As a part of the Ravelry group, I just can’t quite believe this. Ravelympics has now been renamed Ravellenic games. I’m not going to say that the whole incident has changed my opinion about the olympic games. The athletes have worked extremely hard . . unbelievably hard . . to be where they are. I will still watch the games but I do think a whole lot less of the U. S. Olympic Committee. Seriously, I never thought anything about the USOC and, I’m sure they don’t give a flip what I think! But I think it’s all an example of something that’s gotten just a little bit out of hand. How knitting as a group while watching the games, and having a bit of friendly competition, that really didn’t use the word “Olympics” but only a take on it . . how that “denigrates” the Olympic brand is a bit beyond me. Any “derivation” of the word “Olympic” is illegal, constituting possible trademark infringement. Good grief!
If it were called the Knitting Olympics, I could see it being a big deal. I guess that’s just the way it is . . they have the right to shut down the Ravelympics but is something like that really what the purpose of trademark was about? I don’t know . . I just know it leaves a bad taste for some of these “too big for their britches” groups with lots of money and high powered lawyers to back them up. And to say knitting “denigrates” the Olympic brand . . maybe some of our laws have denigrated society!
Also frustrating is that USOC demanded that all pattern names be changed if they made reference to the Olympics . . even things named after some of the olympic athletes.
I think of quilt names or quilt pattern names, not necessarily related to Olympics, but to anything, and wonder where this will all end!