Re: BSA 's copyright why do I pay so much!
Thu, 14 Nov 1996 00:08:54 PST
About the "how BSA still owns all materials copyrighted to BSA"
This is probably no true. If you buy something in a trading shop
which looks like a store and you pay with something that looks like
money after somebody who might be a salesperson rings a price
into a cash register, BSA doesn't own those patches and can not
ask them back. When you buy something in a store you are not
likely to be bound by the bylaws of the store...
However, BSA still has the copyright: You can not produce more
patches. BSA still owns its trademark: you probably can not wear
the uniform in a manner which misrepresents you as a BSA member
if you are not. But otherwise its yours.
So you'd ask why can BSA take away patches? I can easily imagine a
few possible reasons:
1) Imprecise speech. Of course BSA can take away a rank. That
is different from denying that a rank has been awarded or from the
ownership of a bought rank patch.
2) Other reasons. A child molestor might have to give back his
patches not because BSA owns them but to prevent misuse of
the patches for future crimes.
3) It only happens to bad guys. Who will protect their rights? If
you are placed in prison for a few years, do you think you want to
fight non essentials like whether you can keep a patch?
I'm not claiming to know the law; this is only common sense.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City