Re: BSA 's copyright why do I pay so much!
Geary Morrill (A91VIGIL@AOL.COM)
Wed, 13 Nov 1996 21:52:57 -0500
You may not be familiar with these precepts of Intellectual Property.
Suffice it to say that the copyright owner retains many rights, and in the
case of our Corporation, one of the rights they have retained regards the
"usage" of their developed materials.
If this right were left unprotected, misuse of the essence of "Boy Scouts of
America" developed materials could ensue, and would not be within the realm
of anyone to control. Serious damage would be done to the very name.
If you'll take a look at all published materials on your bookshelf, as well
as the discs or CD's you've used in your computer you'll note they are also
In the case of intellectual property, most times you can't give it back once
you've "used" it.. have you ever tried to "unread" a book or "unthink"
It's interesting that you cite this protection under the law as un-Scoutlike
in refernce to oath and law.
(from pg 7 of the 1989 printing of the Scout Handbook - closest copy handy)
A Scout is OBEDIENT. A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and
troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these
rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner
rather than disobey them.
I didn't understand that you've been asked to "return" anything you've
purchased for your own enjoyment and use, nor do you imply you have
reasonable cause to expect you will be asked to do so.
So, PLEASE don't try to somehow imply someone "owns" the essence of Scouting
simply because they have made an investment in literature and patches.
That is the issue the posting seems to attempt to imply, as nearly as I can
figure, and I can't "buy" it. If that's not the direction you were headed in,
please illuminate us.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City