United States Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Blackbeard Copyright Case
Modern Day Piracy on the Queen Anne's Revenge Shipwreck Project
Nautilus owner, Rick Allen, stated, "We are obviously gratified that the United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear our case. The Constitution of the United States of America expressly empowers Congress to grant copyright holders 'the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.' We look forward to making our case to the Supreme Court as to why it was within Congress's constitutional authority to hold states liable for their acts of copyright infringement."
Since 1998, Nautilus Productions has been the official video crew for the Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge Shipwreck Project. Nautilus Productions has documented almost two decades of archaeological activities and the recovery of artifacts from Blackbeard's infamous shipwreck for the benefit of, and at zero cost to, the taxpayers of North Carolina.
The shipwreck was discovered in 1996 by Intersal Inc., which has filed a separate breach of contract lawsuit against North Carolina and the Friends of Queen Anne's Revenge. That case was heard last month by the North Carolina Supreme Court and awaits a ruling. The state of North Carolina, the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) and the Friends of Queen Anne's Revenge non-profit, which dissolved their corporation after the lawsuit was filed, are also defendants in that lawsuit.
Nautilus Productions LLC & Rick Allen originally filed the lawsuit, Allen v. Cooper (https://www.supremecourt.gov/
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