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The nonprofit group that raised money to help preserve the wreckage of Blackbeard's flagship off the North Carolina coast has disbanded amid lawsuits alleging copyright infringement by the state.
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.
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.
The shipwreck-hunting company that found Blackbeard's flagship that sank off the North Carolina coast nearly 300 years ago has sued the state for more than $8 million, saying officials violated a contract involving photos and videos of the wreck and recovery.
Another cannon has been raised from the wreck of the pirate Blackbeard's ship off the North Carolina coast. Project Director Billy Ray Morris says that divers were able to raise one cannon and found another in the midsection of the wreck.
Artifacts from the flagship of Blackbeard the pirate will be on display at Tryon Palace in New Bern. Artifacts from the Queen Anne's Revenge, including cannon balls, a wine bottle and nautical tools, are on display in the Duffy Gallery from Friday through Feb. 15.