What Members Should Know

Q:  What’s the responsibility of the units?
A:  The process for licensing belongs to the supplier, not a unit or council. Suppliers to units must be under license. Many councils have already established this policy.
Units must also adhere to the same process when using BSA Trademarks on products. Some councils have already established procedures for units with regard to using BSA Trademarks on products.

Q:  How is licensing enforced?
A:
  The licensing process provides the structure for monitoring. This process, along with quarterly reporting of orders, periodic licensee audits and penalties for non-compliance, provide the accepted licensing industry standard for enforcement.
Existing licensees are also helpful in that they identify unauthorized products in the market and bring these items or services to our attention.

Q:  If a Scoutmaster asked a mom to embroider the scout sign on jackets for his troop, would she need a license?
A:  All reproduction of BSA Trademarks, where the product is for sale or potentially resale, would require a license. However, there is a procedure for waiving the royalty requirement when the product or service is donated to the council or unit or used for the commemorative purpose and no fees are charged. Yet, in these cases, we grant a one-time use license and track the use. There is a wavier form for this purpose.
 
Q:  Do local printers for council publications have to be approved and if so how long will the approval take?
A:  For council newsletters, FOS brochures, council informational brochures, annual reports, forms, and other administrative printing, no license or royalty is required for reproduction of BSA Trademarks.

Q:  Can councils or units only purchase t-shirts and other logo design items from an approved licensee?
A:  Yes, assuming that there is BSA mark, word or phrase on the products purchased.

Q:  How long does it take a council to get their local supplier approved?
A:  A minimum of 2 weeks, but it's generally dependent of the responsiveness of the supplier and the completeness of the application. The average application is currently taking approximately 30 days at this time; however, we have a process in place for working with suppliers who have applied so that they can meet council camp orders and other deadlines. We've been doing this since October 2006.

Q:  When the OA conclave committee needs a few extra copies of the brochure and go to Kinko's to get them copied, will Kinko's need to obtain a license to do the printing?
A:  Any printing or copying on commercial machine would require authorization to reproduce BSA Trademarks. BSA is working with FedEx Kinko’s now on a national agreement.

Q:  Can we do anything to speed up the process of a supplier receiving a license for an item?
A:
  We work with all suppliers once they've submitted the application, to ensure council deadlines are met whenever possible. The speed of the process is determined largely by the completeness of the supplier's application and their responsiveness to information requests.

Q:  Is Supply Group willing to be competitive on price with other suppliers?
A:  Supply Group strives to be competitive at all times. If not, then Supply will probably not get the business from a council.

Q:  Would a local company, such as a soft drink bottler, need a license to provide signs for the council to use in promoting a council event?
A:  Yes. If the signs are donated, a wavier form is required. Note that the wavier provides a one-time use of the marks for the specific purpose, but does not require a royalty.

Q:  Would a sign company need a license to provide signage for camp free of charge?
A:  Yes. If the signs are donated, a wavier form is required. Note that the wavier provides a one-time use of the marks for the specific purpose, but does not require a royalty.

Q:  Would a local company that is printing school night flyers, FOS flyers, etc. for free need to obtain a license and pay a fee for doing so?
A:  Yes. If the flyers are donated, a wavier form is required. Note that the wavier provides a one-time use of the marks for the specific purpose, but does not require a royalty.

Q:  When a local company president offers to produce School Night incentives at no cost, will he need to obtain a license before he produces them? What if the company is overseas?
A: 
Yes. If the incentives donated, a wavier form is required. Note that the wavier provides a one-time use of the marks for the specific purpose, but does not require a royalty.
If the manufacturer is not the person donating the product (either produced domestically or offshore), then they have to provide paperwork to adhere to BSA’s code of conduct for third-party manufacturing. If the manufacturer refuses to comply with the code of conduct or is otherwise suspect, a license may not be granted.

Q:  The council wants to honor local donors at camp with a bronze plaque. It has one or more BSA symbols on it. Does the foundry need a license to produce it?
A:  Yes. If the plaques are donated, a wavier form is required. Note that the wavier provides a one-time use of the marks for the specific purpose, but does not require a royalty.

Q:  If a council wants to run an advertisement for its distinguished citizen dinner on the local cable channel will the cable network need to obtain a license to air the ad?
A:  The company using the marks in advertising (not the media outlet used) must have it approved prior to using. This applies to all advertising and marketing, not just TV.

Q:  When a local council or OA lodge wants to produce "Where to go Camping" CDs, would the volunteer doing the development or reproduction need a license?
A:  The supplier producing the video is required to have a license.