NC Lawmakers Enter Legal Battle Over Blackbeard's Ship
WILMINGTON — North Carolina lawmakers could get involved in a legal battle between the state and the company that found the Queen Anne's Revenge--Blackbeard's flagship that sank off the coast nearly 300 years ago.
Last week, the NC Department of Cultural Resources asked senators to amend a bill to say that any photos or video footage of the shipwreck held by the state or its agencies are public property.
Florida based Intersal Inc. sued the state on Monday for more than $8 million, saying the state violated a contract by allowing photos to be published without a watermark. The company says the legislation is an attempt to undercut the lawsuit.
However, state officials say it would not apply retroactively. State leaders have created a tourist industry on the ship since its discovery in 1996.