BSA Licensing for Movies at Scout Reservations

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This is an unexpected report:

We show movies at Scouting events from time to time . . . .

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Some camporees, day camps and summer camps show movies, too.

Because of this, we need to be obedient and follow the rules about showing movies in public — and yes, those rules apply to the Boy Scouts of America even though we’re a nonprofit organization.

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But starting now, the BSA has purchased an umbrella license through the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation that covers all council-owned properties.

The added benefit of this new umbrella license is that it covers all local council facilities and camps for the duration of the license: Nov. 1, 2015, to Oct. 31, 2016.

Anything from one of these studios. That’s a long list that includes Fox, Disney, Paramount, Warner Bros., New Line, NBC Universal, MGM, Marvel Studios and many more.

I’m told that roughly 95 percent of movies are covered by this list.