NC lawmakers enter legal battle over Blackbeard’s ship

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Research crews surface an anchor from Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge.

By JOHN MORITZ
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers are wading into a legal battle between the state and the explorers of Blackbeard’s pirate ship over the rights to footage from the famed wreck.

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The NC Department of Cultural Resources last week asked state senators to amend a bill to say that any photographs or video footage of a shipwreck held by the state or its agencies are public property.

The company that discovered the Queen Anne’s Revenge sued the state for $8 million on Monday, claiming the state broke its contract by allowing more than 2,000 of the company’s images to be published without a watermark, among other actions.

A representative for Florida-based Intersal, the shipwreck-hunting company, called the legislation an attempt to undercut the lawsuit. State officials say it wouldn’t apply retroactively.



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