Mark Browning (mbrownin@JCCCNET.JOHNCO.CC.KS.US)
Tue, 26 Nov 1996 14:02:07 -0600
Bret H. suggested that this traffic be kept off list, but I can't resist.
He relates how an official of National Capitol Area Council instructed him
not to use the words "Boy Scouts" together on a national Internet venue
without prior permission. Is that absurb or what? Companies and
organizations do not have the right to prohibit mention of themselves in
national outlets or otherwise. If they could, then don't you think that
Texaco would have managed to keep its name out of the news recently?
This issue underscores the ignorance and arrogance of a few members of our
movement. Certainly we, as volunteers, must avoid misuse of the
copyrighted images that comprise the BSA's identity, but to assert that we
cannot use the name of the organization when referring to it is absurd.
This issue also points out the enormous blind spot that the BSA has toward
the Internet. As with the Quality Unit discussion last week, I'll say that
we have a voice and vote and influence. If you feel that there is a
problem, then make your influence felt in a sober and sensible way.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City