BSA: Copyright on text and clip-art.
David D. Miller +49 6221 594535 (DDM@DHDIBM1.BITNET)
Tue, 9 Feb 1993 08:03:12 -0600
I'm currently putting together a small booklet for new Scouts joining
a BSA Scout Troop. I have a couple of questions on copyright issues:
Can I copy sections of text from The Boy Scout Handbook? In particular,
I want to list the joining requirements; the Scout Oath, Law, Motto
and Slogan and the Outdoor code. In addition, the description of BSA's
Scout Badge is something that can only really be done using the exact
wording. (I should perhaps say that one of the pre-joining
requirements listed is for the boy to go out and buy his own copy of
that very book, but the target is to get the new boy, just in the door,
half done with the joining requirements before he can get to the PX
to buy it.)
And what is the status of line-drawings used in BSA publications, such
as Woods Wisdom, SM Fundamentals and the BS Roundtable Planning Guide.
Are these freely copyable, with credit given? Or do I have to write
to BSA and ask their permission?
(The UK answer is that just about anything owned by the Scout
Association can be used freely, provided it is not sold or used for
profit. The best line drawings from Scouting Magazine have been
published as two collections for copying into newsletters, etc.
Similarly, text from most WOSM publications can be copied and
forwarded free of charge, with credits given.)
Please don't answer that everyone you know just copies the stuff!
If you've been in touch with BSA and asked the question, or seen
a definitive answer in some official document, then let me know.
David D. Miller
Scouting in Europe - A Unique Experience
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