Forum and Costume Controls
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|Posted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 3:43 pm Post subject: Rebel Legion Membership and Forum FAQs
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So, you want to "Join the fight"? You're here because "We're the good guys". Or maybe its just because you want to be able to SIT DOWN in your costume... I am sure you have lots of questions and if the following doesn't help answer them, feel free to email LCO@RebelLegion.com or ask your prospective Base Commander!
What are the requirements for membership?
The Rebel Legion is an inclusive, equal opportunity club. In order to join you must be at least 18 years of age and must legally be considered an adult where you live. Due to issues of legal liability, the Rebel Legion cannot accept minors as members. For more information on this policy, please consult our Age Requirements F.A.Q. You must also own at least one movie-quality costume depicting a "good guy" from the Star Wars films or Expanded Universe.
For a more detailed explanation of Legion membership requirements, please refer to Article I of the Rebel Legion Club Charter. For more information on what constitutes a "professional-quality" costume, read through Article II of the Rebel Legion Club Charter and the list of Costuming Standards.
How do I join the Rebel Legion?
If you believe you pass Legion membership requirements, please fill out our Membership Application.
Where do I get a costume?
Unfortunately, there are no high-quality, commercially available costumes licensed by Lucasfilm, and store-bought Halloween costumes are not generally accepted. All members construct their own costumes, usually with the assistance of more experienced members. (The new Museum Replicas may be an exception, if altered to properly fit you) If you are interested in making a costume, we recommend you consult these resources:
Legion Costume Forums/Detachments
The best way to get involved is to contact your local Base or Outpost and see if you can help out as a "handler" at an event. This way you can get to know the local members and learn more about the costumes.
Are costumes from the Expanded Universe accepted?
Yes, costumes that have appeared in at least three (3) Lucasfilm licensed materials are accepted. Costumes with fewer than three licensed sources may be accepted as a secondary costume for an existing member.
Do you accept custom costumes?
Short answer, No. The Rebel Legion focuses on costumes and characters from the officially licensed Star Wars media, and customization is accepted so long as there is precedent for it in the licensed material. In some cases, fan created designs such as fan fiction and original role playing characters may be accepted as a secondary costume for an existing member.
My costume isn't listed on the Costume Standards, Does that mean it won't be accepted?
No, the costume standards are not all inclusive but list the requirements for the more common costumes. If your costume is not listed, you should consult the Legion Membership Officer (LMO) via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if your costume is admissible or not.
What items qualify as acceptable source material?
Sources can include games, comic books, posters, action figures, trading cards and any other Star Wars material that has been licensed by Lucasfilm. Articles on Wikipedia and Wookieepedia should always be checked against officially licensed materials.
My application was rejected! What can I do?
First, DO NOT PANIC! Read over the rejection message. It should contain information on how to improve your costume to Legion standards. You are also encouraged to appeal the decision to the Legion Membership Officer(LMO) via Email: email@example.com. You may do so by replying to the rejection e-mail. Please do so in a professional mannor. It can be upsetting to hear you didn't quite make it, but we are here to help you! We WILL do what we can to get you up to standards as quickly as possible, but if you resort to behavior against our code of conduct, you may end up banned before you even had a chance.
I'm a member of another fan club, is that okay?
Yes. Many Rebel Legion members belong to a variety of fan clubs.
How come you don't have ID numbers like the 501st Legion?
Members of the 501st Legion are issued unique four-digit ID numbers, such as TK-0421. When our club was officially founded in 2000, we did have ID numbers, but dropped them in early 2002. Members felt that ID numbers were more appropriate for the 501st because they represented faceless, nameless shock troops while the Rebels were a group of individuals with names and faces. The issue has come up several times over the years, and the membership has always voted against the idea.
Some detachments, such as Rebel Legion Starfighter Command, do issue three-digit ID numbers to members of individual Squadrons.
What is the Rebel Legion?
The Rebel Legion is an international Star Wars costuming organization that promotes the Star Wars franchise and helps others through charity work and community service.
Are you part of the 501st Legion?
No. Although the Rebel Legion is the official "good guy" counterpart to the 501st and we regularly work together, we are separate groups. Many members belong to both clubs.
Are you part of Lucasfilm?
No. The Rebel Legion is a volunteer fan-run organization. However, Lucasfilm recognizes the Legion as the premier Rebel costuming group, and we have worked with Lucasfilm officials on several occasions.
How much do you charge for appearances?
The Rebel Legion is a volunteer organization and does not accept payment for appearances. However, we greatly appreciate donations made to charity organizations in our name. For a list of suitable charities, please consult our Charity Work information page.
How can I get you to attend my event?
Please use our Appearance Request form.
What sort of events do you guys do?
The Rebel Legion marches in parades, raises funds for charity, appears at conventions, visits children's hospitals, troops educational and science centers, and a wide variety of other events.
The Legion does not participate in commercial ventures or business promotions unrelated to the Star Wars franchise, nor do we campaign for political or religious causes.
Will you show up to my son's birthday party?
The Rebel Legion does not generally appear at private parties except for those involving children afflicted with life-threatening or chronic diseases or for members' personal friends. We prefer to appear at public events as opposed to private (non charity) related events. It is at the discression of individual bases and membership to decide if the proposed party is something they wish to do. We do not carry insurance like party costume companies so the safety of members and their VERY expensive costumes in the hands of many many children on sugar rushes is of the most importance. A donation to charity in our name for the appearance may sway some members.
What is the Rebel Legion's stance on Jedi Academy Training, Saber Training, etc. ?
Due to legal issues, the Rebel Legion cannot authorize, support, or be involved with any type of saber training classes. The Rebel Legion cannot allow any LFL or Rebel Legion trademarks, logos, phrases, monikers, etc to be involved with any variation of saber training classes. Members will be brought up on charges if they use LFL or Rebel Legion trademarks, logos, phrases, monikers, etc in conjunction with a saber training class. We highly recommend members consider the possible legal ramifications of liability before planning, arranging or conducting any saber training sessions on their own, independent of The Rebel Legion
Do you sell costumes, masks, or props?No. All of our costumes are hand made by our members, and none of our costumes or props are for sale to the general public.
Do you sell t-shirts or other merchandise?
No. Star Wars is the property of Lucasfilm Ltd. and its licensee partners. For this reason we only produce a limited range of apparel and paraphernalia to be sold to our members only and at cost. No profit is made. This is solely to promote our club at conventions and to give gifts to the celebrities and company representatives who are fans of the club. All material is scrutinized and approved by Legion command and many of it is submitted to Lucasfilm representatives for their feedback prior to creation.
Where is your For Sale/Trade Forum?
Membership has its privledges. Its a private members forum. Because of our relationship with Lucasfilm, our dealings are not for the public. Some people who costume offer services but currently those are member to member transactions. Post your progress pictures in the costuming threads and get to know some people there. Help will be offered to you via PM. We are not craigslist, ebay, or a site where people come to make profit off our members. Please respect that. Those who need help will find it if they take the time to look and ask questions in other areas of the forum.
How old do I have to be to register for the forum?
You must be at least 13 years of age.
How old do I have to be to become a member?
World-wide legal adult age varies from place to place, therefore the minimum age for membership is at least 18 years or higher if required by local law. Under no circumstances will an exception ever be made. Consult your local laws if you are unsure if you are old enough to join. This concept is referred to as the "age of majority."
What is a minor?
A minor is the legal term for someone who is not yet an adult. Minors are not held accountable for their actions or safety. Instead, the responsibility falls to those adults who are supervising them.
Why don't you allow minors to join the Legion?Because minors are not legally responsible for themselves, any minor members of the Rebel Legion would become the legal responsibility of the club and its officers at any events where their parents are not present.
In 2002, several lawyers were consulted on this matter and we were advised to bar members due to the fact that neither we nor our sister group, the 501st, have the liability insurance, financial resources, or legal standing to help our club officers and members defend themselves in a lawsuit. Should we lose, any officers or members named as defendants could lose their personal savings, retirement, cars, or even their homes, and find themselves thousands or even millions of dollars in debt. Even if we were the victor in such a lawsuit, the costs involved in defending ourselves would financially devastate all involved.
Since this is just a fun hobby, this is not a risk that our members or officers are willing to take.
What about a permission slip or a waiver form?
The lawyers that the 501st consulted explained that liability simply cannot be waived by a parent or anyone else. A minor cannot sign anything and be liable for themselves, either. Your parents or guardians would not be legally obliged to honor any promissory note they may have signed. If you were injured at an event, you're medical insurance would attempt to recoup their expenses by suing us, regardless of your parents' decision.
Permission slips do not actually protect schools or anyone else from being sued by parents. They inform the parent/guardian of the nature of the off-campus activity and ask the parent to allow their child to participate. This can assist the school in their defense in the event of a lawsuit, but does not prevent them from being sued in the first place, nor does it prevent them from losing. Schools have lost lawsuits even when the parent signed a permission slip.
What if I don't attend any events without my parents until I am 18?
Despite what you say now, you may decide to throw caution to the wind, figuring "nothing will happen" and go to an event anyway. There is also no way to know if you are sincere about this promise. Society is full of gold diggers and freeloaders looking to exploit the court system and get rich quick at other people's expense. In any case, we would still be legally liable for anything that happened to you.
But other groups allow minors to join?
Many volunteer organizations allow minors to join their clubs despite the risks. The 501st, the Rebel Legion, and the Jedi Assembly all accepted minors before adopting the current age restrictions.
The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) accepts minors and they do have liability insurance, but they charge annual membership fees in order to pay for said insurance as well as incorporation fees, running a business office to receive legal notices, legal retainers, and so on. In the SCA, all members must sign waivers and insurance certificates must be pulled for every event, every time, and the SCA still gets sued anyway.
Other clubs use permission slips, erroneously believing that they are protecting themselves from being sued. Some simply don't take the risk seriously, figuring that nothing will happen. Most simply do not realize that they are risking all of their personal assets by allowing minors to join.
What about a special rank or league for minors?
Some have proposed that we allow minors into a special "Junior League" or that minors be given a special rank such as "Cadet." Unfortunately, this is about as effective as a Superman T-shirt is against a hail of bullets from a minigun. Legally, we either allow minors to join or we don't. There is no middle ground.
If we were lucky, calling minors by a different name would simply be ignored, but it's possible that the judge or jury would view this as an attempt to exploit a loophole. Judges and juries are not so befuddled by technicalities that they cannot use their common sense. Often, people who try to exploit loop holes are punished worse for doing so.
Please have your parents check out the Galactic Academy for an alternative for minors. It was founded by Albin Johnson of the 501st to provide a safe website for children who costume. It is NOT officially a part of the 501st or Rebel Legion, but a great stepping stool for young costumers.
So does that mean I can't wear costumes or go to conventions?
Of course not. You don't have to be an adult to make costumes or attend conventions, and anyone can socialize and talk to whomever they want (although your parents may have something to say about that).
What is the punishment for lying about my age?
Minors who attempt to circumvent the age requirements in any way, including but not limited to lying or omitting their age or location, will be expelled from the club and have their forum account suspended until they are at least 18 years old (higher if required by local law) or for one year, whichever is longer. After this period is up, they may re-apply for membership.
Note: Some bases allow members to bring their children to troops after signing a waiver and this is up to the base commander and event coordinators. Members, please note, if you bring your child to an event they and their behavior are your responsibility and anything they do could reflect back on your membership. Many members children troop just fine along side their parents at INFORMAL troops and this is perfectly acceptable. However, they cannot become official members until they are 18 years old. Anything that may happen to them at the event is not the responsibility of the Rebel Legion or its members and officers.
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