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Our Copyright policy

Publication rights

Materials found at the MeritBadge Website Network web sites are copyright ©1995-2012 by the owner and other copyright holders.

No material may be used or reproduced for printed or electronic redistribution for commercial use, or any non-Scouting purposes, without the express permission of the owner and (where applicable) other copyright holders.

Copyrights

Materials found at the MeritBadge Website Network web sites may be reproduced and used only under the following conditions:

  1. for non-commercial, educational or training purposes;
  2. locally by Scouting volunteers (including Scouts, parents, counselors, etc.); and
  3. in a manner that is wholly consistent with the aims and methods of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

Images

All image files of official insignia, logos, and patches of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), or any other organization, remain the property of each respective organization; usage by its members is governed by the rules and regulations of each respective organization.

Unauthorized usage or reproduction, in part or in whole, may be an infringement of the legal rights of these organizations and their divisions. All unauthorized use or reproduction of any images of official insignias, logos, and patches displayed on this web site is strictly prohibited. Contact each respective organization for written permission.

Other images may be copyrighted in accordance with the laws of the United States or used by permission. Any unauthorized use or reproduction of any images displayed on this web site is strictly prohibited without the specific written permission of the copyright holder.

Usage agreements

Boy Scouts of America

The MeritBadge Website Network has a blanket agreement with Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to use their copyrighted materials (including images) "appropriately". Appropriately means:

  • non-commercial, educational or training use; and
  • consistent with the aims and methods of Scouting.

Permitted BSA materials

We can fully quote, reproduce, or publish, any BSA-copyrighted materials that are available without purchase.

Non-permitted BSA materials

While we can quote excerpts from any BSA-copyrighted materials; we cannot, under any circumstances, fully reproduce or publish content that is only available for purchase. (E.g., usually via ScoutStuff.Org.) Here are some examples:

  • Merit Badge pamphlets
  • Boy Scout Handbook
  • Any other digital content -or- printed matter that is only available via purchase

US Scouting Service Project (USSSP)

The MeritBadge Website Network has a reciprocating mutual use agreement with the US Scouting Service Project (USSSP). (Note: It is, of course, appropriate that we give them credit whenever and where ever due.)

See also: {{AMB USSSP}} for credit template.

Miscellaneous

Wikipedia

While we certainly encourage the "use" Wikipedia, it is not appropriate to copy-&-paste their "article"-related content (e.g., Wikipedia's Scouting portal) to here — that is not the purpose of this website.

However, non-article related "stuff" is just fine. E.g., help pages, user boxes, templates, et al.

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