Re: Benefits of Fede...
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAP.GWU.EDU)
Fri, 2 Sep 1994 22:52:52 -0400
The Chartering Act at Section 7 states:
"That said corporation" (BSA) "shall have the sole and exclusive right to
have and to use, in carrying out its purposes, all emblems and badges,
descriptive or designating marks, and words or phrases now or heretofore
used by the Boy Scouts of America in carrying out its program, it being
distinctly and definitely understood, however, that nothing in this Act
shall interfere or conflict with established or vested rights."
The Act was passed in 1915 and consolidated the words and phrases used by
BSA at that time under its protection. Words and phrases developed since
that time have come under copyright and trademark protection.
Which is to say that it is doubtful another organization could get started
with a name that could be confused with either BSA or GSA.
Yours in Scouting, Michael F. Bowman, a/k/a Professor Beaver
Deputy District Commissioner Exploring, GW Dist., NCAC, BSA
Speaking only for myself, but with Scouting Spirit . . .
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