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(Daily Express)   Olympic bosses tell women who knit unofficial pullovers they are "denigrating" the ideal of world peace   (express.co.uk) divider line 48
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2012-06-24 09:19:24 AM  
That's retarded. Just tell them 'don't sell bootleg shiat, it's illegal. get a permit.' nothing further.
 
2012-06-24 09:20:40 AM  
Yes, it is about "world peace" and not a giant corporate money making racket wanting every dollar to themselves.
 
2012-06-24 09:22:10 AM  
The only ideals of the Olympics is who gets paid.
 
2012-06-24 09:22:39 AM  
It takes a lot of bribes and dirty politics to get an Olympics, even a master of corruption, former Chicago Mayor Daley couldn't get it done. If a knitting group wants to slap the Olympic name on their competition, they will need to ask Mitt Romney for help.
 
2012-06-24 09:25:57 AM  
So we get this article, but nothing from the USATF Olympic trials where Ashton Eaton set the world record in the Decathlon with Bruce Jenner and Dan O'Brian looking on.
 
2012-06-24 09:26:03 AM  
2.bp.blogspot.com

Denigrated indeed
 
2012-06-24 09:26:57 AM  
It's all about the money, it turns it all to shiat.
 
2012-06-24 09:27:54 AM  
I can think of someone that would agree.....

greyfalcon.us
 
2012-06-24 09:36:39 AM  

jmadisonbiii: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 586x330]

Denigrated indeed


fk y'all. i love ron artest.
 
2012-06-24 09:43:59 AM  
2004 called and wants its article back. Bloomberg had a better writeup a few weeks ago, but the only one I can find is this'un from a few months ago.
 
2012-06-24 09:44:59 AM  
FTA:

The officials said they had sole rights to Olympic trademarks and any infringement would hinder their ability to attract sponsors.


"Sorry. We'd love to sponsor the US Swim Team, but we blew our budget on the afghan competition"

//dumbasses
 
2012-06-24 09:45:03 AM  
 
2012-06-24 09:47:49 AM  
Given that this is the third Ravelympics that I, personally, have participated in, I want to know why this one, specifically, is getting the attention of the Olympics Committee.

The Ravelympics is the very nature of the Olympic spirit (and no, we aren't knitting bootleg items, so that isn't the issue). Knitters all over the world join together online to compete, have fun, joke about cats, and drink tea (and generally lots of alcohol. The lace longjump, my category of choice, puts a dent in the local booze stores).

I think the Olympics committee is just pissed that none of them are intelligent enough to figure out how to even cast on, let alone knit. And while yes, knitters online have been poking fun at them over their inability to even play the correct national anthems at events so far (has anyone not been making fun of them for that?), I don't see that as a reason for them to attack us.

fark the Olympics Committee if they can't support what the Olympics is all about. What are they going to do next, sue the Special Olympics for daring to compete as well?

/don't piss off a knitter
//we carry weapons and always look innocent
/yes, they make carbon fiber stabbing things and call them knitting needles now
 
2012-06-24 09:50:11 AM  
Honestly, they can keep the name is they claim it's in SATIRE of the Olympics... and they have plenty of reason to mock the Olympics and the Olympic Committee now.
 
2012-06-24 09:54:34 AM  
In Georgia people got so pissed at the IOCs crap they came up with the Redneck Olympics down in Dublin and still hold it every year. The IOC got pissy about it but the group has no assets and the money goes to charity.

The pictures from mud puddle belly flop competitions are priceless.
 
2012-06-24 09:54:55 AM  

foxyshadis: Ah, here's the longer article.


Thank you. Very informative article. I sympathized up until the Olympics was telling people they had to stop using their own pre-Olympics name. And no one should ever have the right to tell a newspaper they have to change their name, the name they've gone by forever, just because the Olympics are in town. Bootleggers are evil, but the solution is to make it easier for small business to become part of the process -- not block small business. More money for everyone.

/that forcing media not to report non-sanctioned stuntqueen events is so Old Media
//what are they gonna do, ban twitter, facebook and blogs?
 
2012-06-24 10:03:12 AM  
Wasn't there a story four years ago about them going after a Greek family restaurant, named The Olympic, that had been in operation for something like three generations?
 
2012-06-24 10:14:43 AM  
I'm going to go get a trademark on some historically significant word too.

How about 'congress'?
 
2012-06-24 10:19:18 AM  
This is wny no one cares about the Olympics, other than the sport of Takedown in the Name of the Word Olympic.

Pity the poor athletes.
 
2012-06-24 10:20:35 AM  
The Olympics was about giving the USSR and NATO a way to fight without spilling blood. That was great because Commies are good at sports. But the olympics are useless now. Iran doesn't have a team worth following. Pakistan might field a cricket team but we don't need an Olympics just for a Pakistan/India cricket match. So the Olympics have turned to price gouging and lawsuit filing instead. Not worth watching.
 
2012-06-24 10:26:57 AM  
The IOC always gets the gold medal in insane copyright enforcement.
 
2012-06-24 10:28:08 AM  
The knitters could start a real shiatstorm of organizations making themselves look like assholes if they raised some charity money and called it the "Ravelympics for the Cure."
 
2012-06-24 10:31:13 AM  
An amazingly well reasoned response from The Yarn Harlot who is something of an internet superstar in the online knitting community.

Anyone who is ever faced with the task of placating a large group of angry women with pointy sticks should take note of her writing technique.
 
2012-06-24 10:33:31 AM  

aimtastic: The knitters could start a real shiatstorm of organizations making themselves look like assholes if they raised some charity money and called it the "Ravelympics for the Cure."


There actually are teams that are competing for charity events for many worthy causes already (there's something like five hundred teams competing currently). So, in essence, knitters are already doing that.
 
2012-06-24 10:34:44 AM  

Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: Given that this is the third Ravelympics that I, personally, have participated in, I want to know why this one, specifically, is getting the attention of the Olympics Committee.


They probably have a trademark on the word "Lympics". If not, tell 'em to fark off.

/have you won any medals?
 
2012-06-24 10:46:39 AM  

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: Given that this is the third Ravelympics that I, personally, have participated in, I want to know why this one, specifically, is getting the attention of the Olympics Committee.

They probably have a trademark on the word "Lympics". If not, tell 'em to fark off.

/have you won any medals?


I haven't won any medals, unfortunately. And I won't this year either (I'm knitting the heritage lace shawl the Queen Susan, getting it done in two weeks is impossible, but I do want to, hopefully, get the center square done), but it's always so much fun to watch the Olympics while knitting.

But, given that the name 'Ravelympics' is a parody of the name 'Olympics', the IOC may not have a leg to stand on. Or, at least, they think they do, but the sharp points of several million needles are zeroing in on that leg, and they may end up having to sit on those pointy needles as the world makes fun of them for being asshats to knitters (especially given that people still think of knitters as grandmotherly women in general, and may be seeing this as the IOC attacking their grandmothers, which also isn't a good image for the IOC).
 
2012-06-24 10:59:00 AM  
Came here for knitted pullover underboobs.. Leaving disappointed.
 
2012-06-24 11:19:24 AM  
clearly some blame falls back to those slutty alpacas.
 
2012-06-24 11:29:41 AM  
farm5.staticflickr.com
 
2012-06-24 11:31:28 AM  
www.cartoonstock.com
 
2012-06-24 11:55:12 AM  
Fark the IOC, and fark the olympics.
 
2012-06-24 12:25:45 PM  
 
2012-06-24 12:27:48 PM  
"Obviously they're not knitters."

blogs.995themountain.com
 
2012-06-24 01:35:13 PM  
I thought it was the USOC rather than the IOC?

Anyway, whoever it is they're in trouble now. Never piss off people armed with yarn and pointy objects.
 
2012-06-24 01:43:27 PM  

Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: I haven't won any medals, unfortunately. And I won't this year either (I'm knitting the heritage lace shawl the Queen Susan, getting it done in two weeks is impossible, but I do want to, hopefully, get the center square done), but it's always so much fun to watch the Olympics while knitting.


Well, it's cool that you share that important thing with the Olympics; the desire to compete and participate regardless of your chances of winning. Good luck to you.

I wish I'd have heard of this before, my mother would have loved it. If you gave her 500 pounds of steel wool, she'd knit you a stove. Seriously, I have a sweater she knitted me (she used carpet yarn) for when I moved to Minnesota that weighs a good 6-8 pounds. :)
 
2012-06-24 01:46:35 PM  
To be fair the ones from Iran said death to Israel on them. :)
 
2012-06-24 02:05:56 PM  
My comment didn't make the cut on the Yarn Harlot's page.

My comment/question was this:

How can 'Olympics' can be a trademarked term? They didn't develop the mark; it's historic, going back to the Greeks. They basically hijacked a word and its definition.

Can I trademark 'congress' and get a licensing fee from the government? Or take 'forum' and tell all Web sites that run forums to shut down?

I understand other marks like Apple -- they took a word and developed it to make an association in someone's mind. But Olympics? The association I have is with the very definition of the word that I got out of my history books in school.
 
2012-06-24 02:09:29 PM  

Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: Given that this is the third Ravelympics that I, personally, have participated in, I want to know why this one, specifically, is getting the attention of the Olympics Committee.

The Ravelympics is the very nature of the Olympic spirit (and no, we aren't knitting bootleg items, so that isn't the issue). Knitters all over the world join together online to compete, have fun, joke about cats, and drink tea (and generally lots of alcohol. The lace longjump, my category of choice, puts a dent in the local booze stores).

I think the Olympics committee is just pissed that none of them are intelligent enough to figure out how to even cast on, let alone knit. And while yes, knitters online have been poking fun at them over their inability to even play the correct national anthems at events so far (has anyone not been making fun of them for that?), I don't see that as a reason for them to attack us.

fark the Olympics Committee if they can't support what the Olympics is all about. What are they going to do next, sue the Special Olympics for daring to compete as well?

/don't piss off a knitter
//we carry weapons and always look innocent
/yes, they make carbon fiber stabbing things and call them knitting needles now


I've never participated in the Ravelympics, but watched. The husband said that this "is more retarded than the Special Olympics."
 
2012-06-24 02:17:08 PM  
What a bunch of knitwits at the USOC.
 
2012-06-24 02:24:54 PM  
....tends to denigrate the true nature of the Olympic Games.


which as everyone knows, is making a ton o' cash.
 
2012-06-24 02:49:10 PM  
peace my arse. if athletes were given immunity from discipline during the Games the bodies would be piled up like cord wood. competition makes a man mean, but the women, forget about it. if i trained as hard as an Olympic athlete i'd gladly kill those who stood in my way. got to keep the eye on the prize.

remember how nice they treated that poor slow fellow in Georgia that they blamed terrist on? Bubba was never the same and he went to an early grave.
Berlin 1936. Munich 1972. there is ugly all over the place.
 
2012-06-24 02:58:05 PM  
what are these olympics that everyone is speaking of?

/no attention paid=no problem
 
2012-06-24 03:13:17 PM  
The Olympic folks are evil. There was a small diner called the Olympic in West Midtown Atlanta that had been in business for 30 years and the bastards shut it down and drove the owner into bankruptcy in advance of the 1996 games. Everything belongs to them and everyone else (including the athletes) are the slaves.
 
2012-06-24 03:44:58 PM  
The reason they send the heavy-handed letter is they would get laughed out of court. As long as a group is not claiming to be associated with "The Olympics" as the specific sporting event run by the IOC, they're fine.
Otherwise, I'll go start my own organization and call it "Seven." Anyone who uses the word 'seven' in their materials is violating my trademark.
 
2012-06-24 04:00:45 PM  
The Olympics are stupid.
 
2012-06-24 04:48:48 PM  
These "women" are subversives and must be stopped at any cost.
 
2012-06-24 08:10:30 PM  
The Olympic movement is the world's 2nd largest organised crime syndicate (with the largest being FIFA). They got $$ out of me so I could watch the 3 day eventing when they brought their corperate-greed roadshow to Sydney but these days I feel bad about that and would rather eat a turd sandwich without any bread than put any money in their giant multinational, advertising driven government supported scam.

So, knitting ladies I for one say knit away!
Knit yourselves a gold medal
or, better yet
IGNORE THE FURKING OLYMPICS LIKE THE ATTENTION WHORES THEY ARE
 
2012-06-25 08:42:49 AM  

ExperianScaresCthulhu: foxyshadis: Ah, here's the longer article.

Thank you. Very informative article. I sympathized up until the Olympics was telling people they had to stop using their own pre-Olympics name. And no one should ever have the right to tell a newspaper they have to change their name, the name they've gone by forever, just because the Olympics are in town. Bootleggers are evil, but the solution is to make it easier for small business to become part of the process -- not block small business. More money for everyone.

/that forcing media not to report non-sanctioned stuntqueen events is so Old Media
//what are they gonna do, ban twitter, facebook and blogs?


Indeed. I can understand why they'd complain about knitting patterns with the Olympic logo. But asking Ravelry to change the name of "Ravelympics"? That's overreaching and they deserve to be slapped down hard for it.
 
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