Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Copyrights and cakes
Copyrights and cakes
Thu, 9 Dec 1999 15:45:44 EST
Having actually sued for copyright infringment in Federal court and won I'll
give you a nickel's worth of advise at no charge.
When a copyright is infringed upon there must be some kind of harm done to
the party with the copyright for a Federal court to take notice and consider
In my case I photographed a public official wearing a halloween costume for a
newspaper article on him well before the election. During the race his
opponent used my photo in his TV ad to degrade the man I photographed. I did
not like the politics of the person who used my image and he laughed at the
idea of paying me for its use. But I created the image and the copyright law
was on my side and I collected (about 80 times more $ than if the guy had
just paid me up front).
My point is that to worry about using a BSA emblem on a cake is a pretty far
fetched idea and I almost wonder if it is serious. The idea that the BSA
lawyers will drag you into Federal court over this is a little silly. They
have bigger fish to fry and you are not harming the BSA or the principles
they believe in by doing this.
Now if Elton John had his back-up dancers eat the cake while on stage in Cub
Scout uniforms it might make more of a difference to the BSA officials
Chris in Houston