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There is a disclaimer at the front of the show:

> The following are actual negotiations between entrepreneurs and investor "Sharks." The Sharks invest their own money at their discretion.

> No offer is being made to or solicited from the viewing audience.

I always found it odd since there was no such title card present in the Canadian or UK versions. I just assumed it was an overly cautious precaution due to operating in the stereotypically overlitigious United States.




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