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==Copyright policy==
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== Our Copyright policy==
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=== Publication rights ===
=== Publication rights ===
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Materials found at the [[MeritBadge Website Network]] web sites are copyright ©1995-2012 by the owner and other copyright holders.
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Materials found at the MeritBadge.com, MeritBadge.net, and MeritBadge.org web sites are copyright ©1995-2007 by the owner. No material published here may be used or reproduced for electronic redistribution or for commercial or other purposes without the express permission of the owner.
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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 ===
=== Copyrights ===
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Materials found at the [[MeritBadge Website Network]] web sites may be reproduced and used '''''only''''' under the following conditions:
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# for non-commercial, educational or training purposes;
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# ''locally'' by Scouting volunteers (including Scouts, parents, counselors, etc.); and
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# in a manner that is wholly consistent with the aims and methods of the [[BSA|Boy Scouts of America (BSA)]].
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===Images===
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All image files of ''official'' insignia, logos, and patches of the [[BSA|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.
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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.
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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.
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==Usage agreements==
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===Boy Scouts of America===
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The [[MeritBadge Website Network]] has a blanket agreement with [[Boy Scouts of America]] (BSA) to use their copyrighted materials (including images) "appropriately". Appropriately means:
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* non-commercial, educational or training use; and
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* consistent with the aims and methods of Scouting.
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====Permitted BSA materials====
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We can fully quote, reproduce, or publish, any BSA-copyrighted materials that are available without purchase.
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====Non-permitted BSA materials====
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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 [http://ScoutStuff.Org ScoutStuff.Org].) Here are some examples:
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Materials found at the MeritBadge.com, MeritBadge.net, and MeritBadge.org web sites are copyright ©1995-2007 by the owner and other copyright holders. They may be reproduced and used locally by Scouting volunteers for training purposes consistent with the programs of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) or other Scouting and Guiding Organizations. No material found here may be used or reproduced for electronic redistribution or for commercial or other non-Scouting purposes without the express permission of the owner or other copyright holders. These web sites are not affiliated with BSA and do not speak on behalf of the BSA. Opinions expressed on these web pages are those of the web authors.
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* '''''Merit Badge'' pamphlets'''
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* '''''Boy Scout Handbook'''''
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* Any other '''digital content''' ''-or-'' '''printed matter''' that is only available via purchase
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=== Graphics files ===
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===US Scouting Service Project (USSSP)===
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The [[MeritBadge Website Network]] has a reciprocating mutual use agreement with the [http://USScouts.Org US Scouting Service Project (USSSP)]. (Note: It is, of course, appropriate that we give them credit whenever and where ever due.)
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All clipart of official insignias, logos, and patches of the Boy Scouts of America or any other organization remain the property of each respective organization, and 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 and reproduction of any clipart of official insignias, logos, and patches displayed on this Web Site is strictly prohibited. Contact each respective organization for written permission.
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{{See also|{{tl|AMB USSSP}} for credit template.}}
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==Miscellaneous==
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===Wikipedia===
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While we certainly encourage the "use" [http://en.wikipedia.org Wikipedia], it is '''''not''''' appropriate to ''copy-&-paste'' their "article"-related content (e.g., Wikipedia's [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Scouting ''Scouting portal'']) to here — ''that'' is not the purpose of this website.
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All other clipart is copyrighted in accordance with the laws of the United States or is used by permission. All unauthorized use and reproduction of any clipart displayed on this Web Site is strictly prohibited without the specific written permission of the copyright holder.
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However, non-''article'' related "stuff" is just fine. E.g., help pages, user boxes, templates, et al.
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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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