[hackerspaces] Fwd: boy scouts suing hacker scouts

Mitch Altman maltman23 at hotmail.com
Wed Aug 21 20:43:05 CEST 2013

We really need to put pressure on the F*!&^#(&-ing  A*!&^#(&-holes.  They really do not seem to care about the world we all inhabit, and need to be put in their place.
MAKE, Sparkfun, Adafruit are into pressuring the BSA.  If we can get a bunch of hackerspaces to do the same, we will make an impact.
"no matter what happens, how we all react to a group like the BSA will define "us"
fighting and losing is ok, but i think you need to fight it all the way… think of
a world where there are hacker scouts, learning sharing and it would all start
with a shared victory together over an old oppressive scared group trying to get
in the way of the future." -- Phil Torrone, of Adafruit
Here are just a few places to add some well-placed comments:
>>>>>> Boy Scouts Google+ page:
>>>>>> https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BoyScoutsofAmerica/posts
>>>>>> Boy Scouts Facebook page:
>>>>>> https://www.facebook.com/pages/Boy-Scouts-of-America/113441755297
>>>>>> Bot Scouts on Twitter:
>>>>>> https://twitter.com/boyscouts
>>>>>> Boy Scouts on YouTube:
>>>>>> http://www.youtube.com/bsa100years
>>>>>> Email:
>>>>>> PR at scouting.org
>>>>>> The official publication for the adult volunteers site:
>>>>>> http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org
>>>>>> On Twitter:
>>>>>> http://www.twitter.com/scouting
>>>>>> On Facebook:
>>>>>> http://www.facebook.com/scoutingmagazine
>>>>>> Email:
>>>>>> scoutingmag at gmail.com
>>>>>> Boy's Life Magazine:
>>>>>> http://boyslife.org/
>>>>>> On Twitter:
>>>>>> https://twitter.com/BoysLife
>>>>>> Email:
>>>>>> boyslife.mag at scouting.org

From: isdale at gmail.com
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2013 21:56:52 -1000
To: discuss at lists.hackerspaces.org
Subject: Re: [hackerspaces] Fwd: boy scouts suing hacker scouts

Unfortunately "The Boy Scouts have held a congressional charter since 1916 that gives the organization the "exclusive right to use emblems, badges, descriptive or designating marks, and words or phrases" that it adopts. Groups such as the Girl Scouts of the USA, Red Cross and Little League Baseball have similar protection." (LA Times http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-boy-scouts-threaten-hacker-scouts20130819,0,2398209.story)
It is interesting that there are many other groups (noted in earlier emails) that include the term 'scout' in their name.  Why have they not been threatened by BSA? or perhaps they have been?

Jerry Isdalehttp://mauimakers.comhttp://spaceGAMBIT.org

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