U.S. Olympic Committee Surrenders In Its War Against The Knitters
Yesterday, I wrote about the efforts of the United States Olympics Committee to stop an online knitting community called Ravelry, which was apparently far larger than they realized, from holding an event they called “Ravelympics” in connection with the upcoming Summer Olympics in London. Thanks in large part, I think, to the fact that the story had gotten picked up by Gawker, the USOC quickly found out it had bitten off a lot more than it could chew as public reaction to what they were doing seemed overwhelmingly negative, the USOC has backed off completely from their cease and desist demand:
In a statement posted online this afternoon, spokesman Patrick Sandusky says in part:
“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. …
“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, it would seem, the USOC’s plans to take legal action have unraveled.
So it would seem. And apparently it’s warning to us all, don’t get the knitters upset. After all, they have all those sharp, pointy objects.