Re: Commercialism and the Benefits of Federal Charter
Gerald Belton (gbelton@CRIS.COM)
Wed, 31 Aug 1994 07:40:14 -0500
> Those who would seek to use the uniforms and insignia of the BSA in
> commercials, in my mind, are clearly infringing on the property rights of
> the BSA, which are protected under a variety of laws extending from our
This is correct. But keep in mind that it takes more than a khaki shirt and
a neckerchief to make a Scout uniform.
I have not had a chance to closely examine the uniform of the "scout" in the
ad, but I suspect it is rather generic. Without the trefoil or the initials
"BSA" or the words "Boy Scouts of America," he's just a kid in a khaki
shirt. We all know that he's supposed to be a "boy scout," but without the
specific insignia there is no legal recourse. There are a lot of youth
groups that wear khaki shirts and neckerchiefs (cf. Royal Rangers).
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City