Intellectual Property Law
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if the company places it in public view then its no longer a trade secret, but if the material is stolen and placed online, or placed online without autorization then the trade secret nature is not necessarily lost
but there is no clear rule on figuring out the status after such disclosure, it depends on the circumstances and the particular state law (which governs state secrets)
if you know the materials are confidential/trade secret then you cannot use them
it could be considered an illegal use of the information
looking at it is one thing, but then trying to use that information is another, that would be illegal regardless of how it wound up online etc
Thank you so much. That is very helpful!
sure, best of luck
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