Sunday, July 8, 2012

Copyright or Copywrong

Never underestimate the insanity of copyright.
The US Olympic Committee (USOC) is on to all of those who they believe are infringing their rights – be they knitters, bakers or florists. The recent insanity (see story here) involved "Ravelympics," a knitting competition for users with events like an "afghan marathon," and "scarf hockey." The article reports that Knitters were supposed to compete in their events while watching the actual Games on TV. The General Counsel for the USOC wrote “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.” As the students would say OMG.

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