This section is provided as a mechanism for the Applicant to designate specific information provided in the Film and Entertainment Grant Application as "confidential" or a "trade secret." The law requires any such designation to be made at the time the information is disclosed to the Department of Commerce.
In general, trade secrets and individual taxpayer information may qualify for confidential treatment. "Trade secrets" are exempt from otherwise required disclosure if certain conditions are met. A "trade secret" is business or technical information that derives commercial value from not being generally known or readily ascertainable, and which is the subject of reasonable efforts to maintain its secrecy. Examples include movie scripts and treatments. State and local tax information for an individual taxpayer is protected from disclosure, except in limited specified circumstances, by North Carolina General Statute § 105-259
(the general confidentiality provisions governing taxpayer information).
To designate specific information as confidential, in the space below, reference the Application question number that the confidential information is contain within and specifically identify the information that is requested to be treated as confidential. Be sure to include the rationale for treating this information as a trade secret or qualifying tax information for an individual taxpayer. FAILURE TO DESIGNATE "CONFIDENTIAL" OR "TRADE SECRET" INFORMATION NOW MAY RESULT IN THIS INFORMATION BEING DISCLOSED IN THE FUTURE.