Re: BSA: Copyright on text and clip-art.
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Tue, 9 Feb 1993 09:04:31 CST
> 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.)
Registered leaders may use our logos, etc. without a problem of copyright.
The problem comes in when people copy, use, etc. them but do not belong to
our movement by virtue of a current registration. I see nothing against
the rules and regs above, but good recruiting ideas.
> 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.)
No difference in the US.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City