Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Photographer Tries Novel Legal Strategy To Get The University of Houston To Pay Up!

The service notified Jim Olive of Stockyard Photos in 2016 that the University of Houston's C.T. Bauer College of Business had used one of his aerial photos since 2012, according to his lawsuit. He sent the university a bill for $41,000, which included $16,000 for the frequent use of the photo and $25,000 [per the DMCA] for stripping off Olive's credit line when the university allegedly provided a copy to a national magazine for a story about the university's ranking. Within days, the University of Houston removed the photo from its website, according to court documents. In a August 2016 letter, the university offered to pay $2,500. When Olive threatened legal action, the university said it was immune from federal copyright lawsuits under the common law principle of sovereign immunity. READ THE FULL STORY

#copyright #intellectualproperty #DMCA #photo #video #StockyardPhotos #JimOlive #lawsuit

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Mardi Gras Shipwreck Expedition Videos & DVD Re-released!


These re-mastered project videos commemorate the publication of the Society for Historical Archaeology’s Journal, Historical Archaeology Mardi Gras Shipwreck Thematic Issue and the 10 year anniversary of the expedition. A mysterious sinking, a group of dedicated scientists and technicians and a 200 year old shipwreck have all collided in the Gulf of Mexico. Four thousand feet below the choppy seas the remains of a 19th century shipwreck lie in wait and a month long expedition was mounted to uncover her secrets. At the time, this was the deepest underwater archaeological project ever attempted in the Gulf of Mexico and Nautilus Productions documented the exploration. Watch the videos here & order the full 52 min. DVD on AMAZON.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Blackbeard's Shipwreck And The Hook! 


Dick Gordon speaks with longtime diver Rick Allen, an underwater videographer of the 18th-century Blackbeard pirate ship, about losing his arm in an accident and then being fitted with an iron arm and hand that he now dives with. Go to The Story - Blackbeard's Shipwreck And The Hook

#Pirates #NautilusProductions #Blackbeard #Documentary #StockFootage #Shipwreck #Privateer #Archaeology #EdwardThache #copyright #QueenAnnesRevenge #McCrory #FriendsofQAR #NCDNCR #BlackbeardsLaw #NCFilm #Blackbeard300 #Tricentennial #IntellectualProperty #lawsuit #Blogbeard

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Judge Spikes NC Attempts to Dismiss Blackbeard’s Lawsuit!


Pirates not welcome here! That was the message U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle delivered Thursday, March 23, 2017 to the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR), its employees and the Friends of Queen Anne’s Revenge in response to their motion to dismiss a Federal lawsuit brought by Nautilus Productions LLC. In rejecting the defendants’ attempt to dismiss the copyright claims, Judge Boyle noted that protection of copyrights is a “right of such importance to the founders that it was, unique among most functions undertaken by the federal government today, expressly mentioned in Article I as an important protection to be ensured by the national government.” Judge Boyle’s decision allows the lawsuit for copyright infringement and for a declaration of the statute’s invalidity to move forward in Federal court. A hearing date is pending in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Read more -