Friday, June 15, 2018

University of Houston can be sued for using photo, Judge rules!

Judge Caroline E. Baker rejected the university’s argument that it can’t be sued for unlawful "taking" under the Texas Constitution, which prohibits government agencies from taking private property without adequate compensation. The argument is typically associated with real estate, rather than intellectual property, but the idea is the same: when the government takes a person’s property to build a road or use an image, the owner must be compensated. READ MORE

Friday, June 8, 2018

Queen Anne's Revenge Stock Footage! 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Blackbeard Project Images!

The Nautilus Productions LLC staff with Lucky Shot Productions and photographer Cindy Burnham has been the official video crew for the study and recovery of the infamous pirate Blackbeard's ship the Queen Anne's Revenge since the projects inception. This archive is the digital record of the project. Our Queen Anne's Revenge stock footage and images have been licensed worldwide in books, magazines, news broadcasts and in over a dozen documentaries airing on ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, the History Channel, Discovery, National Geographic, NBC, PBS, the Smithsonian Channel, the Travel Channel, ZDF and more. The images below, from the Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge Shipwreck Project, are available for license. VIEW THE IMAGES


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Lionfish Stalking Its Prey!

Lionfish are native to the Indo-Pacific, but invasive populations are now established along the southeast coast of the U.S., the Caribbean, and in parts of the Gulf of Mexico. Nautilus Productions LLC has added a new online clip of an Atlantic Lionfish stalking and hunting its prey. Non-native species can dramatically affect native ecosystems and local fishing economies. WATCH THE VIDEO!

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Endangered Species Day 2018!

Seven different species of sea turtles grace our ocean waters, from the shallow sea grass beds of the Indian Ocean, to the colorful reefs of the Coral Triangle, and even the sandy beaches of the Eastern Pacific. Nautilus Productions LLC has documented many of them in our stock footage library. Human activities have tipped the scales against the survival of these ancient mariners. Nearly all species of sea turtle are classified as Endangered. Slaughtered for their eggs, meat, skin and shells, sea turtles suffer from poaching and over-exploitation. They also face habitat destruction and accidental capture in fishing gear. Climate change has an impact on turtle nesting sites. It alters sand temperatures, which then affects the sex of hatchlings. Visit the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to help. WATCH THE VIDEO!

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

German U-Boat Sunk in Battle!

May 9, 1942: The U-352, a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine, was sunk off the coast of North Carolina on this date. The U-352 was sunk by depth charges launched by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Icarus. Fifteen members of the crew were killed in the engagement. The remaining 33 crewmen became the first German prisoners of war on U.S. soil. WATCH THE VIDEO!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Blackbeard’s Head & Bell Recovery Video Released!

In commemoration of the 300th  anniversary of the grounding of Blackbeard’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, Nautilus Productions has released two new video clips from the project. In 2005 underwater archaeologists on the Blackbeard's Queen Anne’s Revenge Shipwreck Project uncovered the ship’s head or toilet from the stern area of the wreck. In 2006 an unmarked bell was recovered. This is the second bell found on the wreck site. Both were sent to the QAR Lab for conservation. For the first time short video excerpts of their recovery can be viewed on Nautilus’ YouTube channel at The complete videos of the recoveries are available for license as part of Nautilus’ nearly two decade long digital record of archaeological efforts on the Queen Anne’s Revenge.

The infamous pirate Blackbeard ran his flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, aground just outside Beaufort Inlet, NC in June of 1718. He was later killed in a fierce battle near Ocracoke N.C. in November of 1718. Nautilus Productions is the exclusive owner and licensor of footage from Blackbeard the Pirate's flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge (QAR). Since the 1996 discovery of the wreck by Intersal Inc. The Nautilus Productions staff has been the official video crew for the study and recovery of the infamous pirate Blackbeard's ship the Queen Anne's Revenge (La Concorde) since the projects inception. Project videographer, Rick Allen and our staff have worked with the North Carolina Underwater Archaeology Branch documenting this incredible underwater find. Nautilus Productions' duties have included the video documentation of site activities above and below the water as well as documenting the archaeological survey, provenience and recovery of artifacts from the shipwreck. This archive is the digital record of the project. Our Queen Anne's Revenge stock footage and images have been licensed worldwide in books, magazines, news broadcasts and in over a dozen documentaries airing on ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, the History Channel, Discovery, National Geographic, NBC, PBS, the Smithsonian Channel, the Travel Channel, ZDF and more. Nautilus Productions' owner and project videographer, Rick Allen, has also been featured on WUNC Radio & NPR's "The Story" - Blackbeard's Shipwreck And The Hook and in numerous news stories and magazine articles.

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Nautilus Productions LLC is currently suing the state of North Carolina and the Friends of Queen Anne’s Revenge non-profit in federal court over copyright infringement and the unconstitutionality of “Blackbeard’s Law” passed in 2015.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

My Films Are Being Stolen on YouTube!

There are currently hundreds of films from Direct Cinema’s past and current catalog that have been uploaded to YouTube and other sites like it. Every single one of them, from the popular PBS series Carrier to Disney’s Oscar® - winning animation short Tin Toy, is being streamed illegally. YouTube is fully aware that its site is rife with such content, which infringes on copyright and robs creatives of the earnings they deserve – even as the uploaders of the content make money from it via advertising. However, instead of actively seeking to curb piracy, YouTube puts the burden on copyright holders, like me, to flag videos for removal. It’s high time Congress forced these sites to own up to the stolen content that they inadvertently host, but openly use to turn a substantial profit. YouTube must be held responsible for the materials its users share, taking stronger measures to ensure that the person who uploads a video also owns its copyright. READ MORE

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Changes to Group Photo Registration from The U.S. Copyright Office

The US Copyright Office recently put new official rules around group registration of photographs into effect. Below is a breakdown of these rules, and links to get access to official documents. Where once photographers could submit an infinite amount of photographs in one registration, submissions are now limited to 750 photos. READ MORE

Friday, March 30, 2018

Google v. Oracle & Fair Use!

In a closely watched case, the Federal Circuit held on Tuesday, March 27th that Google’s copying of the structure, sequence, and organization of Oracle’s Java application programming interface (API) library was not a fair use. The Federal Circuit remanded the case for a new trial to address damages. In holding for Oracle, the court found the fact that Google might also have a noncommercial motive in Android is irrelevant to the question of whether it still stood to profit from the use and also found Google’s use insufficiently transformative. The court noted that this case was simply about Google’s failure to properly license and to truly transform the APIs and about Google restricting Oracle’s abilities to market its works as a copyright owner. READ MORE

Friday, March 23, 2018

Ongoing suit says NC stole Blackbeard footage!

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In a lawsuit that persists in federal court, a documentary filmmaker accuses North Carolina of committing a modern form of treasure looting: using his copyrighted underwater footage without permission. "Pirates come in many forms," attorneys for Fayetteville-based videographer Frederick Allen said in court documents. "Defendants did not sail into the sandbars of infringement by mistake." READ MORE

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North Carolina, Filmmaker, Spar Before 4th Circuit Over Pirate Booty!

North Carolina asked the Fourth Circuit on Thursday to dismiss a lower court ruling that said the state pirated stock footage a North Carolina company had shot of the 18th Century pirate ship the Queen Anne’s Revenge. Nautilus Productions worked with the state to get access to the wreck and has since sold its footage for use in a number of Blackbeard documentaries. After a lower court ruled in favor of Nautilus, the state appealed arguing it has qualified and legislative immunity and therefore cannot be sued by private parties for copyright infringement. READ MORE

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge Stock Footage!

Nautilus Productions LLC is the exclusive owner and licensor of video & stock footage from Queen Anne's Revenge - Blackbeard Shipwreck Project (QAR). The Nautilus Productions staff has been the official video crew for the study, recovery & documentation of underwater archaeology on the infamous pirate's wreck site since the project's inception. The Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge stock footage library contains over 80 hrs. of HD & SD video of the wreck site and archaeological activities dating back to 1998. VIEW FOOTAGE

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