Free to Stitch
In the last week or so, the Stitch Happens group to which I belong (and which I attend not nearly as often as I'd like) has come under attack by Sew Fast/Sew Easy, Inc. As it turns out, tons of groups around the country have been under attack -- just because they use the phrase "Stitch 'n' Bitch" somewhere in their name and/or group information. SF/SE owns the rights to "Stitch and Bitch Cafe," and they've decided to make a big deal about anyone, even the smallest of non-profit knitting groups, who even mentions their name. Our group, as you can see, doesn't even use the words in its name, but since it's affiliated with the SNBs across the country -- and since it mentions it on the group's home page -- SF/SE filed a complaint with Yahoo, ordering the group to change its name.
Recently, SF/SE has even gone after Debbie Stoller, author of the wildly popular Stitch 'n Bitch books (both of which I got for Christmas).
So a group of stitchers have gotten together to create this CafePress store to fight back. With the proceeds, the group plans to hire a lawyer to fight against SF/SE. By ordering yourself a cool hat or shirt or mug or something, you can help out.