Partaking in the tomfoolery that’s April 1st, while educating readers about the early beginnings of the Boy Scouts, this happened. For those that clicked, ha ha right? Not to the Boy Scouts of America. I always knew there was a deeper reason for why I only lasted three weeks as a Cub Scout.
This afternoon, a sharply worded dispatch was sent from the beige-shirts:
Dear Bucky Turco,
Boy Scouts of America is the owner of the well-known trademark and trade name SCOUTING. As you are no doubt aware, SCOUTING, is a trademark used to identify activities and events related to the Boy Scouts of America and in 1916, the United States Congress recognized that the marks and names of the Boy Scouts of America program had to be protected and Congress passed a Special Act of Congress (36 USC § 21 et. Seq.) granting the Boy Scouts exclusive rights to emblems, badges, marks, and words and phrases. This would include, for example, but not be limited to, the words SCOUT, SCOUTS and SCOUTING and the “Fleur de lis” emblem.
The trademarks, emblems, words and phrases of the Boy Scouts of America are exclusively used by the Boy Scouts of America and any other use by a third party constitutes trademark infringement. The foregoing registered marks, words and mottos are so widely used by the Boy Scouts of America that the public associates these marks exclusively with the Boy Scouts of America.
In connection to the Boy Scouts of America proprietary rights over its famous trademark we are notifying you of the following:
It has come to our attention that our trademark SCOUTING appears as a metatag, keyword, visible or hidden text on the web site(s) located at: http://www.animalnewyork.com without having obtained prior written authorization from our Client. This practice infringes upon the exclusive intellectual property rights of the Boy Scouts of America.
Also, by using such trademark, you have intentionally attempted to attract Internet users to your web site(s) or other online location(s), by creating a likelihood of confusion with the Boy Scouts of America’s trademark as to the source, sponsorship, affiliation, or endorsement of your web site(s), online location(s), products or services.
We trust that you will remove all metatags, keywords, visible or hidden texts including trademark presently appearing on the above-cited web site(s) and any other web site(s), or draw this issue to the attention of the appropriate person(s).
As part of our BSA Trademark Enforcement Program, be assured that we will continue to monitor your web site(s) to verify your compliance with this letter. Failure to do so will force us to defer this issue to our Trademark Lawyer for further actions.
Should you require additional information or wish to further discuss this issue, please do not hesitate to contact the undersigned.
Richard W. Harper
BSA Trademark Enforcement Team
Boy Scouts of America
1325 West Walnut Hill
Irving, TX 75038
(Image of 1930s Boy Scouts medal via)