NC Immune To Suit Over Pirate Ship Pics, 4th Circ. Says

Law360 (July 12, 2018, 11:38 PM EDT) -- The Fourth Circuit has ruled in favor of North Carolina in a case involving a filmmaker who sued the state for using images he took of Blackbeard’s pirate ship while it was being salvaged from the sea.

A three-judge panel ruled on Tuesday that North Carolina officials are protected by legislative immunity in a case in which filmmaker Frederick Allen and his film company, Nautilus Productions LLC, accused the state of violating copyrights after publishing videos and a photo he captured of Queen Anne’s Revenge, a shipwreck off the North Carolina coast.

The decision reverses a lower court’s ruling that rejected...

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