Re: Are Annual Reports and SEC Filings in Public Domain?
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Posted by M Arthur Auslander on June 05, 2002 at 00:26:56:
In Reply to: Are Annual Reports and SEC Filings in Public Domain? posted by Lenny Soffer on June 04, 2002 at 08:27:28:
: My understanding is that annual reports to shareholders, SEC filings, etc. are considered to be in the public domain and their contents can be used without permission, even though the actual formatting is protected. So, for example, I could use the text of an entire annual report (without permission) as long as I designed the layout myself and did not use the exact image or formatting of the original. Is this correct?
Dear Mr. Soffer,
As they said in law school, "--that's a nice question". I would not venture to answer without research.
M. Arthur Auslander
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