Copyrighting an appraisal report may violate USPAP

BVWireIssue #166-2
July 20, 2016

A question posed in The Appraisal Foundation’s new Q&A Forum brings up the issue of copyrighting an appraisal report. TAF points out: “[I]f the process of registration with the U.S. Copyright Office includes public disclosure of the appraisal report, such registration would disclose assignment results and, therefore, result in a breach of the Confidentiality section of the Ethics Rule of USPAP, unless the appraiser/registrant had the prior approval of the client for such registration.”

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