scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: Legislation against Boy Scout Charter (fwd from Scouts-LDS)
Fri Jul 21 2000 - 11:51:15 CDT
> << But what would it mean if they did pull the Charter?>>
> Nothing. Awana has no Federal Charter. The Wisconsin Synod Pioneers have no
> Federal Charter. Royal Rangers have no Federal Charter. The BSA was
> incorporated in Washington, D.C. in 1910. That is our "charter" to do
> business. We were federally Chartered in 1915, as a recognition of our good
> work for American youth. If we lose it, we are still in business. We can
> still do the same things we are doing now.><snip><
However, would BSA not lose exclusive use of the name "Boy
Scout", the uniform, the badges, the insignia...?
AFAIK the BSA does not have a patent or copyright on any of
these things OTHER than the Federal Charter. In fact, the
only logos that I know of that are copyrighted are those for
But, IANAL and I could be wrong.
A little tidbit to consider: AT&T, prior to the break-up,
never bothered to copyright the term "Yellow Pages." Now,
we have a proliferation of vendors selling adds in the
"yellow pages." When the phone solicitors call, you need to
be very careful to ask "which 'yellow pages'?"