U.S. Supreme Court maroons filmmaker in Blackbeard video piracy fight

(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court docket on Monday shipped a lawful broadside to a filmmaker who documented the restoration of infamous English pirate Blackbeard’s wrecked ship, refusing to revive his video piracy lawsuit that sought monetary damages from North Carolina.

FILE Image: Christina Burnham retains pirate-themed flags in front of the Supreme Court docket in Washington November 5, 2019 in guidance of her uncle, Frederick Allen, a filmmaker whose charm in a copyright lawsuit over the use of his footage of Blackbeard’s shipwreck is getting read by the justices. REUTERS/Andrew Chung/File Image

The justices unanimously upheld a reduce court’s 2018 ruling that the point out was safeguarded by a lawful doctrine termed sovereign immunity and could not be sued for copyright infringement for working with filmmaker Frederick Allen’s illustrations or photos online.

Allen sued in 2015 in federal court, accusing the point out of infringing his copyrights on 5

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