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Our Copyright policy

Publication rights

Materials found at the MeritBadge.Com (currently inactive), MeritBadge.Net (our forums), and MeritBadge.Org (this wiki) web sites are copyright ©1995-2012 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.

Copyrights

Materials found at the MeritBadge.Com (currently inactive), MeritBadge.Net (our forums), and MeritBadge.Org (this wiki) web sites are copyright ©1995-2012 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 and 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.

Images

All image files of official insignia, logos, and patches of the Boy Scouts of America, 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 Networks (including, MeritBadgeDotOrg) has a blanket agreement with BSA to use their copyrighted materials, including images, "appropriately". Appropriately means within the scope of all of their restrictions, which are completely reasonable... as long as it's strictly:

  • Scouting-related,
  • non-commercial,
  • educational, and
  • serves the purpose to benefit Scouting...

...then we can use it (in accordance with those terms).

Full use of BSA materials

Any BSA-copyrighted materials that BSA publishes online (without purchase) for Scouting use, then we can also fully quote, reproduce, or publish that content here.

Partial use or non-permitted BSA materials

While we can quote from any BSA-copyrighted materials; we cannot, under any circumstances, (fully) reproduce or publish content that is only available for purchase through BSA... 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)

We also have a reciprocating mutual use agreement with the USSSP (USScouts.Org), as long as we give 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., Userboxes, templates, et al.

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