Bill to governor addresses NC shipwrecks, public records

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A bill making clear footage and photographs of shipwrecks held by North Carolina state agencies are public records is heading to Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk.

The final version of a bill otherwise looking at state artifact sales and transfers included a provision offered just after the company that discovered Blackbeard’s sunken flagship off the coast in 1996 sued the state for violating their contract.

Florida-based Intersal says the state in part allowed photographs and video related to the Queen Anne’s Revenge be posted online without required company markings.

The Department of Cultural Resources and legislators say the records provision inside the bill given final approval Monday night doesn’t apply to current contracts.

A company said last month the change appeared designed to undercut the contract and its lawsuit.

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