Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Blackbeard's Shipwreck And The Hook!


NPR's Dick Gordon speaks with longtime diver Rick Allen, the underwater videographer of the 18th century Blackbeard's pirate ship, about losing his arm in an accident and then being fitted with an iron arm and hand that he now dives with. LISTEN TO PODCAST

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

NC Claims Shipwreck Video & Images!


North Carolina claims shipwreck images and video in its custody are N.C. property in intellectual property rights grab. The law passed in 2015 is still on the books. READ MORE


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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Statute of Anne, also known as the Copyright Act 1710

April 10, 1710: The statute is considered a "watershed event in Anglo-American copyright history ... transforming what had been the publishers' private law copyright into a public law grant". Under the statute, copyright was for the first time vested in authors rather than publishers; it also included provisions for the public interest, such as a legal deposit scheme. The Statute was an influence on copyright law in several other nations, including the United States, and even in the 21st century is "frequently invoked by modern judges and academics as embodying the utilitarian underpinnings of copyright law". READ MORE

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

WWII German U-Boat Casualty - W.E. Hutton


March 18, 1942: The W.E. Hutton was traveling from Smith's Bluff, TX to Marcus Hook, PA with 65,000 barrels of #2 heating oil. In spite of the u-boat threat, she was traveling unarmed and alone, but her master, Captain Carl Flaathen, had taken the precaution of running with lights out and black-out curtains engaged. But against a shrewd and experienced u-boat captain like KL Mohr of the U-124 this was not enough. At 2210, on 3/18/1942, a torpedo slammed into the bow, on the starboard side blowing out the forepeak. The Hutton started listing to the starboard side, but was staying afloat and making headway. The captain made the decision to try to make ashore where he could beach his wounded tanker. Eight minutes later, the U-124 launched another torpedo, this time with greater affect. It slammed into the port side at the #3 tank right below the midship house. The Hutton's midships quickly became a blazing inferno. Rafts and lifeboats were launched as the crew started abandoning the stricken tanker in order to escape the flames. At 2245, with its captain watching from a lifeboat, the W.E. Hutton sank bow first in the 70 feet of water. Although spread across two lifeboats and two life rafts, the 23 survivors had the good sense to stay together during the night. At dawn of the 19th, the all gathered into one lifeboat and started rowing their way to shore. They were picked up at 1035 by the MS Port Halifax and taken to the Savannah, GA sea buoy where they were transferred to a pilot boat and taken ashore. 13 crew were killed in the attack. Note: The wreck in this video identified as the Papoose has been correctly re-identified as the W.E. Hutton. WATCH THE VIDEO

Friday, February 8, 2019

Three Amici Supporting Nautilus Productions Filed in Supreme Court!

 

Three amicus curiae briefs supporting Nautilus Productions in Allen v. Cooper were filed yesterday with the United States Supreme Court. The briefs were penned by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Ralph Oman (former Registrar of Copyrights) and David Nimmer, Earnest Young & Michael Bynum. On December 1, 2015, the videographers who have spent almost two decades documenting the retrieval of Blackbeard’s pirate ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR) filed a Federal lawsuit against Gov. Pat McCrory, the State of North Carolina, and others, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The lawsuit filed by Nautilus Productions, LLC and its owner Frederick Allen alleges that the recently passed “Blackbeard’s Law” is unconstitutional, and that the defendants have infringed copyrights owned and licensed by Allen and Nautilus, violated other federal laws, and engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practices. Quinn Emanuel, Olive & Olive and Poe Law represent Nautilus Productions LLC in copyright litigation against the state of North Carolina, the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, its employees and the Friends of Queen Anne's Revenge nonprofit. Read SCOTUS filings.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Stop the State of Texas From Stealing Intellectual Property!


State actors stealing intellectual property is a big problem in Texas. Since 2016—a total of 17 lawsuits have been filed against Texas universities and state agencies for stealing intellectual property. READ MORE

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Nautilus Productions & Blackbeard on the BBC!




Nautilus Productions LLC's Rick Allen proudly contributed to the BBC's radio documentary about the infamous pirate Blackbeard on the 300th anniversary of his death. The program begins at the 4:00 min. mark, our contribution begins at 48:54. The Blackbeard story is narrated by Bristol born Pirates of the Caribbean actor Kevin McNally and features historian Baylus Brooks. LISTEN TO THE RADIO DOCUMENTARY

Tuesday, October 9, 2018