ISCA Unauthorized Patches Policy
 ISCA Unauthorized Patches Policy

NEW ISCA POLICY REGARDING "UNAUTHORIZED PATCHES" FOR BSA SANCTIONED EVENTS

This new Ethics Policy does not and is not intended to replace the current Ethics Policy regarding "Fake" patches. The private manufacture, production, copy, reproduction, and/or distribution of any patch or other item of any existing legitimate BSA issued patch or other BSA item, whether identified as such or not, is considered a "Fake." The private manufacture, production, reproduction, copy, and/or distribution of any "Fake" patch or other item of any existing legitimate BSA issued patch or other item has been and will remain a clear violation of ISCA' s Ethics Policy, and any member found to be manufacturing, producing, copying, reproducing, and/or distributing a "Fake" patch or other item of any existing legitimate BSA issued patch or other item is subject to sanction by the ISCA Board of Directors and/or ISCA' s Ethics Committee. An ISCA member must fully disclose to the recipient in a trade/sale of a "Fake" patch or other item that the item being sold/traded is in fact an actual "Fake" of an authentic BSA item. The ISCA member may not deceive anyone into believing that he/she is receiving an authentic issue, when in fact the ISCA member knows the patch/item to be a "Fake."

This new Ethics Policy is to clearly define ISCA' s Ethics Policy regarding the future private manufacture, production, and/or multiple distribution of any "Unauthorized Patch" or other items for a BSA sanctioned event. Effective immediately, it will be a violation of ISCA' s Ethics Policy for any member to manufacture, produce, and/or knowingly distribute multiple issues of any "Unauthorized Patch" for a BSA sanctioned event. An "Unauthorized Patch" or other item is defined as any patch or other item which bears the name, "BSA," or has a trademarked FDL, and is privately issued for any legitimate BSA sanctioned event, and that item has not been issued by a legitimate BSA council, lodge, chapter, district, troop, pack, and/or any other authorized BSA group (a "BSA sanctioned organization"). In other words, it is an "Unauthorized Patch" if the trademarked name BSA or FDL, or the name of a BSA sanctioned event appears on a patch or other item and that patch or other item was privately issued and not issued by a BSA sanctioned organization. An example of a "Unauthorized Patch" would be a patch that bears the BSA or FDL trademark and/or the words "Jamboree," "NOAC," or "Conference," etc. and that patch or other item was not issued by a BSA sanctioned organization for a BSA sanctioned event. Any ISCA member found to be manufacturing and/or knowingly distributing multiple issues of an "Unauthorized Patch" or other type of item is now subject to sanction by the ISCA Board of Directors and/or ISCA' s Ethics Committee. An ISCA member must fully disclose to the recipient in a trade/sale of "Unauthorized Patch" or other item that the item being sold/traded is in fact an actual "Unauthorized Patch" or other item if the ISCA member in fact knows that the patch is an "Unauthorized Patch." The ISCA member may not deceive anyone into believing that he/she is receiving an authentic issue, when in fact the ISCA member knows the patch/item to be an "Unauthorized Patch."

This new Ethic's Policy does not cover what will be referred to as "Spoof Patches." "Spoof Patches" are defined as any privately issued patch or other item that is neither a "Fake" patch, as defined above, and/or is not an "Unauthorized Patch" or other item, as defined above. In other words, if the privately manufactured patch or other item is outside the definition of a "Fake" or "Unauthorized Patch" or other item, it will be considered a "Spoof Patch." The private manufacture or distribution of "Spoof" patches or other items will not be considered a violation of ISCA's new Ethic's Policy. However, ISCA members are cautioned to be sure to accurately represent a "Spoof Patch" for what it is, and that it is not as a legitimate BSA item. It is a violation of ISCA's Ethic's Policy to represent a "Spoof Patch" as a legitimate BSA item, when in fact it is not.


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