The Appraisal Institute's publication page notes that FNC, Inc., has launched an online forum, www.collateralvision.com, which users can read about and input their own information on the mortgage industry. The site features stories, opinion pieces, industry hot topics and new research focused on real estate collateral.
The inaugural Open Forum piece, “Appraisal Report Data: Not Intellectual Property, Not Protected by Copyright,” was written by FNC’s Chief Legal Officer Neil Olson. It cites legal precedent to argue that appraisers cannot guard the data in their reports through copyright protection, despite some recent efforts, since the courts have established that one cannot copyright facts.
Whether visitors share Olson’s opinion or vehemently disagree, their comments are needed to keep the exchange of ideas flowing. Click here for the full article.