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U.S. Supreme Court Leaves Copyright Holders Without Remedy! March 23, 2020: The United States Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, has affirmed a lower court’s ruling that Nautilus Productions cannot pursue its copyright lawsuit against the state of North Carolina. Justice Kagan wrote for the Court that the Court’s 1999 decision in Florida Prepaid Postsecondary Education Expense Board v. College Savings Bank, which invalidated the federal statute that sought to hold States monetarily liable for patent infringement, “all but prewrote” this decision by the Court. In a separate concurrence, Justice Clarence Thomas questioned “whether copyrights are property within the original meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause.”  Justice Breyer, joined by Justice Ginsburg, lamented that “something is amiss” in the Court’s prior precedents, while nonetheless agreeing that they control and therefore concurring in the judgment.  
Nautilus, the official videographer of Blackbeard’s pi…
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Nautilus Productions updates Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge stock footage collection!
Nautilus Productions LLC has added 3 new extended/higher resolution video clips to our pirate shipwreck collection. For Licensing info contact Nautilus Productions. VIEW VIDEOS
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United States Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Allen v. Cooper
November 5, 2019: In what may be the most important copyright case in decades, the court heard oral arguments in Allen v. Cooper. In 2015, according to a complaint filed in federal court, North Carolina pirated footage of Blackbeard's flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge. Then North Carolina passed "Blackbeard's Law" to justify that misuse. Rick Allen of Nautilus Productions has taken his case to the Supreme Court of the United States. The issue is whether Congress validly abrogated state sovereign immunity via the Copyright Remedy Clarification Act in providing remedies for authors of original expression whose federal copyrights are infringed by states. North Carolina maintains that sovereign immunity prevents it from being held liable for damages, as other copyright infringers would be. "States can hold copyrights. They can be copyright holders. And they can sue anybody in the world f…
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13 Amici Filed with SCOTUS Supporting Nautilus’ Blackbeard Copyright Lawsuit
A total of thirteen briefs were filed Tuesday with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting Rick Allen and Nautilus Productions in their case against the State of North Carolina, the N.C. Department of Natural & Cultural Resources and the Friends of Queen Anne’s Revenge nonprofit, captioned Allen v. Cooper (No. 18-877). These briefs were authored or joined by dozens of legal experts and associations, and thousands of corporations, including; The Chamber of Commerce of the United States & The Copyright Alliance, Dow Jones & Company, Inc. (The Wall Street Journal), Oracle America, Inc., Recording Industry Association of America, American Association of Independent Music, and National Music Publishers’ Association, The Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Software & Information Industry Association, Washington Legal Foundation, American Soc…
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Blackbeard's Bounty Due!
August 3, 1721: Three years after the killing of Blackbeard the Pirate the wives & widows of HMS Pearl & Lyme's crews petition through Captain George Gordon to His Majesty the King for the bounty or "head" money owed to them. READ MORE

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‘A hand for Rick’: Underwater videographer Rick Allen overcomes near fatal accident
Underwater videographer Rick Allen was nearly killed when an oxygen tank exploded at his home. A wide circle of friends cheered him to recovery. "Don’t worry about getting back in the water. Swimming in circles is not so bad... I should know; that’s what my daughters told me when I had my knee replaced,” one blogger commented. It was a reference to Allen’s love of the ocean, where he makes a living as a videographer and filmmaker. Since about 1998, he has been documenting the archaeological reclamation of the pirate Blackbeard’s shipwreck, the Queen Anne’s Revenge. READ THE STORY

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United States Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Blackbeard Copyright Case
Modern Day Piracy on the Queen Anne’s Revenge
In 2015, according to a complaint filed in federal court, North Carolina pirated
footage of Blackbeard flagship, the QueenAnne’s Revenge. Then North
Carolina passed “Blackbeard’s Law” to justify that misuse. Rick Allen of
Nautilus Productions is now taking his case to the Supreme Court of the United
States. The issue is whether Congress validly abrogated state sovereign
immunity via theCopyright Remedy Clarification Act in providing remedies
for authors of original expression whose federal copyrights are infringed by
states. North Carolina maintains that sovereign immunity prevents it from being
held liable for damages, as other copyright infringers would be.
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 copyrigh…
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Blackbeard's Shipwreck And The Hook!
NPR's Dick Gordon speaks with longtime diver Rick Allen, the underwater videographer of the 18th century Blackbeard's pirate ship, about losing his arm in an accident and then being fitted with an iron arm and hand that he now dives with. LISTEN TO PODCAST

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NC Claims Shipwreck Video & Images!
North Carolina claims shipwreck images and video in its custody are N.C. property in intellectual property rights grab. The law passed in 2015 is still on the books. READ MORE


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