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Press releases that say "not for distribution into U.S"
Am I restricted from using the contents of a press release that limits dist

 2:22 pm on Nov 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

I often use press releases as a basis for posts on an industry news site I run.

I'm in Canada. When I see a press release issued that says "NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. WIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISTRIBUTION INTO THE UNITED STATES." what does this mean? Does it restrict me from using the contents of the press release in any way?



 3:16 am on Nov 7, 2012 (gmt 0)

Many claims or uses of brand references cannot be made in the U.S.; this is true especially if your field is health-related. Perhaps read the copy carefully and then consider what it is that is making them add the statement?


 7:54 am on Nov 7, 2012 (gmt 0)

Does it restrict me from using the contents of the press release in any way?

Well, it certainly can't prevent you from posting it online, judging by the number of hits I (in the U.S.) got for those exact phrases. I guess it means I'm supposed to close my eyes :)

Seriously, this question is driving me bonkers. It seems like it should refer to some specific Canadian regulation governing dissemination of information to the US-- but I've fed every phrase I can think of into .gc.ca and keep coming up cold. Normally I would ask the nearest Canadian, but, uhm, you're the nearest Canadian and if you don't know, why would anyone else?

Did learn that they're dumping the penny, though, so the time spent fighting with google dot ca was not entirely wasted.


 1:42 pm on Nov 7, 2012 (gmt 0)

It might be to do with product release dates and distribution, like books or games that might be licensed in one territory rather than worldwide.


 1:47 pm on Nov 7, 2012 (gmt 0)

Wouldn't adding a warning note, that anyone in the US should not read your article, let you off the hookż
Similar thing seems to work for pr0n sites.


 2:28 am on Nov 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

I went over and asked some Canadians. Apparently it's got to do specifically with securities. And the reason I couldn't find anything at .gc. is that securities are regulated by the provinces, not by a federal SEC-equivalent.

But this was a red herring anyway: the wording isn't "not outside of Canada", it's "not inside the US".

So it really depends on what your site's audience is. There's no point in going on and on about a new release if 90% of your audience isn't allowed to buy it.


 10:30 am on Nov 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

Thanks lucy24!

When I came across this earlier this week on a press release, it was about an investment company agreeing to acquire all the common shares of a Canadian company.

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