Jim Miller, Jr. (jmillerjr@LSFCU.ORG)
Sun, 16 Apr 1995 11:52:39 EST-5
Bruce MacKey (SunCycTour@aol.com) wrote an article about the "legal"
implications of the BSA uniform that contained quite a bit of
There are actually very legal and very enforcable rules about the use of the BSA
uniform. BSA has copyrighted the uniform, it's parts, and all BSA insignia.
According to US copyright law (and many other countries that have agreed via
treaty), the miswearing of the official uniform, or the wearing of the official
uniform by non-members constitutes a copyright violation. Registered members of
BSA are included in the holding of the copyright and are entitled to use it as
defined in the copyright. This is the same legal protection that BSA uses to
keep advertisers from using our uniform in its complete form for their own
I don't think BSA will be bringing any lawsuits against those who wear the
uniform improperly, but the legal basis DOES indeed exist and is protected not
only by US law, but by International Treaty as well. This protection extends as
well to locally produced items which contain BSA copyrights (like the
fluer-di-lis or the words "Boy Scouts of America" or "BSA").
Personally, I'm waiting to see National crack the whip at the Business Software
Alliance who keep using "BSA" to represent themselves.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City