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Nautilus Productions LLC NAUTILUS PRODUCTIONS - 4K, HD, Broadcast, Documentary, Corporate, Military, Underwater Video Production & Stock Footage. We provide video production services to broadcast and cable clients as well as Fortune 500 companies. https://nautilusproductions.com

Nautilus Productions has produced documentaries for the National Geographic International, the Canadian History Channel, North Carolina Public Television, Texas A&M, the Louisiana State Museum and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (US Dept. of the Interior). Corporate clients include Office Depot and UBS among others. Our broad range of experience and decades of work guarantee a great production. Serving Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Fayetteville, Pinehurst, Wilmington, Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Ft. Bragg, Camp Lejeune, NC, Myrtle Beach & Charleston, SC & the world. 4K, HD, HDV, DVCAM - NTSC & PAL gear packages. We are also the exclusive licensor of HD stock footage and video from Blackbeard the Pirates’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge Shipwreck Project.

Mission: Our Mission is to devote some of the very best video production people in the business to your project. Because we truly love what we do we always go above and beyond for our clients and it shows in our work!

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In March 2020, a unanimous SCOTUS ruling held that Congress lacked authority to abrogate state’s sovereign immunity from...
07/13/2020
Are State Governments Copyright Pirates?

In March 2020, a unanimous SCOTUS ruling held that Congress lacked authority to abrogate state’s sovereign immunity from #copyright infringement suits in the Copyright Remedy Clarification Act of 1990 (CRCA). When Congress passed the Copyright Remedy Clarification Act, it was responding to pressure from filmmakers like Rick Allen – as well as movie studios, software companies, and many other IP stakeholders – who said states were abusing sovereign immunity to avoid paying licensing fees.

An underwater videographer, Allen sued the State of North Carolina when he’d learned it was using his exclusive footage showing the wreckage of Blackbeard’s flagship vessel without his permission. “I think what was frustrating for me is that as an intellectual property holder, I followed every statute and law that was required of me,” Allen tells me on today's featured episode of CCC's Beyond the Book podcast.

The Copyright Alliance is now urging IP owners to make their views known to an ongoing US Copyright Office study on the subject, explains Alliance president and CEO Keith Kupferschmid. “Under this holding, states cannot be liable for infringing the work of another copyright owner, but they can sue you if you were to infringe their copyrighted work. There’s really an inequity."

https://beyondthebookcast.com/are-state-governments-copyright-pirates/

#artsandentertainment #piracy #northcarolina #shipwreck #shipwrecklaw #maritimeheritage #Pirates #NautilusProductions #Blackbeard #Documentary #StockFootage #Privateer #Archaeology #EdwardThache #copyright #QueenAnnesRevenge #McCrory #FriendsofQAR #NCDNCR #BlackbeardsLaw #NCFilm #Blackbeard300 #IntellectualProperty #lawsuit #SovereignImmunity #SCOTUS #SupremeCourt #BeyondTheBook

When the US Supreme Court ruled earlier this year in Allen v. Cooper, the outcome for an unusual copyright infringement case left many IP creators dismayed, though it may have pleased Blackbeard th…

Have You Been Infringed by a State? Under existing law, state entities cannot be held liable for damages for copyright i...
07/07/2020
Survey on State Copyright Infringement

Have You Been Infringed by a State?
Under existing law, state entities cannot be held liable for damages for copyright infringement. Congress is interested in gathering more information about the extent to which state entities – like state universities, school districts, museums, hospitals, and prisons – infringe the copyrights of others and has asked the U.S. Copyright Office to study the issue and report back so Congress can determine if a change in the law is warranted. Deadline is Friday, August 7, 2020

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/copyrightinfringement

#copyright #IntellectualProperty #CopyrightAlliance #Survey #Congress #Law #SovereignImmunity

Take this survey on state copyright infringement

A Final Vote on the CASE Act May Be Happening in July. Contact Your Senators and Urge Them to Support it Today. Click li...
07/02/2020
Urge Your Senators and Senator Ron Wyden (OR) to Support S. 1273, the CASE Act!

A Final Vote on the CASE Act May Be Happening in July. Contact Your Senators and Urge Them to Support it Today. Click link for auto fill form.

https://p2a.co/21l3imn

#CASE #copyright #IntellectualProperty

For many creators and small businesses, defending their copyrighted works is simply not feasible — but things can change for the better! Urge your Senators and Senator Wyden (OR) to stand up for creators and support the #CASEAct! https://p2a.co/21l3imn

Kurbanov registered with the U.S. Copyright Office an agent designated to receive DMCA notices, a step necessary to qual...
07/01/2020
From Russia, With Piracy: Russian Website Operator Must Defend U.S. Lawsuit - Office of Copyright

Kurbanov registered with the U.S. Copyright Office an agent designated to receive DMCA notices, a step necessary to qualify for “safe harbor” defenses to copyright infringement in the United States. Having invoked the protections of U.S. law, how can the argument be made that the website, and its operator, are exempt from U.S. law, and unreachable for the purposes of personal jurisdiction?

Many pirate sites operate outside the United States, though they traffic in huge amounts of U.S. works. They know that U.S. Copyright law does not have any extra-territorial effect. By setting themselves up in a foreign country, they attempt to insulate themselves from the ability for U.S. companies...

From 2015Sharks, the divers say, play a critical role in ocean ecosystems, keeping the oceans healthy and in balance bec...
07/01/2020
Scuba divers swim among the sharks

From 2015
Sharks, the divers say, play a critical role in ocean ecosystems, keeping the oceans healthy and in balance because most shark species are at the top of the marine food web. “We tell people we dive with sharks,” Allen said. “They think we’re nuts.”

https://www.fayobserver.com/article/20150808/lifestyle/308089644

#sharks #SandTigers #NautilusProductions #BFDC #StockFootage #StockVideo #AtlantisCharters #Shipwreck #MarineLife

MOREHEAD CITY - Over the summer, tourists and vacationers along North Carolina's beaches have become wary of the water, worried about their chances of

A single state infringer, like a university or museum, can cause considerable harm to a single author by means of a sing...
06/24/2020
Allen v. Cooper Revisited Part I: State of Play - The Illusion of More

A single state infringer, like a university or museum, can cause considerable harm to a single author by means of a single act of infringement. And copyright law is intended to remedy that one infringement for that one author. So not only might the scope and frequency of state infringements prove difficult to ascertain, it is truly unfortunate that it is necessary at all. The Eleventh Amendment leaves the individual author as a David, sans slingshot, facing a multitude of Goliaths.

https://illusionofmore.com/allen-v-cooper-revisited-part-i-state-of-play/

#artsandentertainment #piracy #northcarolina #shipwrecklaw #maritimeheritage #Pirates #NautilusProductions #Blackbeard #Documentary #StockFootage #Privateer #Archaeology #EdwardThache #copyright #QueenAnnesRevenge #McCrory #FriendsofQAR #NCDNCR #BlackbeardsLaw #NCFilm #Blackbeard300 #IntellectualProperty #lawsuit #SovereignImmunity #SCOTUS #SupremeCourt #NPPA #DMLA #ASMP #TheIllusionofMore

After the SCOTUS decision in Allen v. Cooper, affirming that states may infringe IP, I decided to dig in on state immunity. This recap is Part I.

“The lesson here [for IP creators and owners] is not to deliver any software, videos or photographs to a State governmen...
06/23/2020
‘Blackbeard’ Returns: U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Allows States to act as copyright pirates; vendors beware

“The lesson here [for IP creators and owners] is not to deliver any software, videos or photographs to a State government agency unless appropriate contracts addressing this issue have been duly executed.”

https://ipcloseup.com/2020/04/07/blackbeard-returns-u-s-supreme-court-ruling-allows-states-to-act-as-copyright-pirates-vendors-beware/

#artsandentertainment #piracy #northcarolina #shipwrecklaw #maritimeheritage #Pirates #NautilusProductions #Blackbeard #Documentary #StockFootage #Privateer #Archaeology #EdwardThache #copyright #QueenAnnesRevenge #McCrory #FriendsofQAR #NCDNCR #BlackbeardsLaw #NCFilm #Blackbeard300 #IntellectualProperty #lawsuit #SovereignImmunity #SCOTUS #SupremeCourt #NPPA #DMLA #ASMP #IPCloseup

A recent United States Supreme Court ruling involving a video about diving for sunken treasure that depicted the recovery of artifacts from Blackbeard’s 18th century pirated slave ship gives …

Has a State infringed your copyright? The Copyright Office requested public input in the form of written comments on or ...
06/16/2020
U.S. Copyright Office Publishes Federal Register Notice Announcing State Sovereign Immunity Study

Has a State infringed your copyright? The Copyright Office requested public input in the form of written comments on or before August 3, 2020 to assist the Office in preparing a report to Congress on the study. Comment here - https://www.copyright.gov/policy/state-sovereign-immunity/

https://www.ipwatchdog.com/2020/06/05/us-copyright-office-publishes-federal-register-notice-announcing-state-sovereign-immunity-study/id=122200/

#copyright #study #IntellectualProperty #Congress #SovereignImmunity #piracy

On June 3, the U.S. Copyright Office published a Federal Register notice regarding a study it is initiating to “evaluate the degree to which copyright owners are experiencing infringement by state entities without adequate remedies under state law."

There is nothing in case law to support the idea that a national emergency alters the fair use analysis, and it is hard ...
06/12/2020
Internet Archive Will Lose Big In Suit With Publishers - The Illusion of More

There is nothing in case law to support the idea that a national emergency alters the fair use analysis, and it is hard to imagine the court will find the NEL to be anything other than an unlicensed substitute for existing legal sales and lending channels. Add to this analysis the ways in which the publishers describe IA as a multi-million-dollar commercial enterprise, and rather than expecting to prevail on fair use, IA could be seen as walking very close to the line of criminal copyright infringement.

It's hard to imagine the Internet Archive prevailing in its suit with publishers over the National Emergency Library. And the complaint reveals a lot.

Has A State Infringed Your Copyright?!Help us, help Congress, change the law to prevent State infringement of your copyr...
06/09/2020

Has A State Infringed Your Copyright?!
Help us, help Congress, change the law to prevent State infringement of your copyrighted material! The U.S. Copyright Office is undertaking a public study to determine the extent to which copyright owners are experiencing infringement by states without adequate remedies under state law. And we need your input! Comment here - https://www.copyright.gov/policy/state-sovereign-immunity/. Deadline for comments is September 2, 2020.

#Copyright #IntellectualProperty #Piracy #SovereignImmunity #States #CRCA

06/08/2020
Sand Tiger Shark School HD Film Festival Video Nautilus Productions

World Oceans Day!
In honor of World Oceans Day 2020 Nautilus Productions brings you some of our favorite denizens of the deep!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0R3sWpc1dk&list=PLkLgCneHO-s-pjncqavNJBW4IGGr9Dkmc

#NautilusProductions #StockFootage #StockVideo #Sharks #Shipwrecks #MarineLife #Wreck #Reef #WorldOceansDay

Sand Tiger sharks, Carcharias taurus, filmed during dives on the shipwrecks off the N.C. coast. Many of the wrecks were torpedoed by German U-boats during WW...

In 2013, North Carolina used Nautilus’ photographs and video footage (without obtaining permission) to promote tourism. ...
06/07/2020
SCOTUS Approves State Piracy Without Consequence in North Carolina’s Blackbeard Lawsuit

In 2013, North Carolina used Nautilus’ photographs and video footage (without obtaining permission) to promote tourism. Although North Carolina later paid Nautilus $15,000 in a settlement for its infringement, the State nonetheless continued its usage. Two years later, the North Carolina General Assembly passed “Blackbeard’s Law”, which categorized the images and video as public domain. Ultimately, Nautilus sued the State of North Carolina in federal court for its piracy.

https://lindleylawoffice.com/blog/2020/04/03/united-states-supreme-courts-approves-state-piracy-without-consequence-in-north-carolinas-blackbeard-lawsuit/

#artsandentertainment #piracy #northcarolina #shipwreck #shipwrecklaw #maritimeheritage #Pirates #NautilusProductions #Blackbeard #Documentary #StockFootage #Privateer #Archaeology #EdwardThache #copyright #QueenAnnesRevenge #McCrory #FriendsofQAR #NCDNCR #BlackbeardsLaw #NCFilm #Blackbeard300 #IntellectualProperty #lawsuit #SovereignImmunity #SCOTUS #SupremeCourt #NPPA #DMLA #ASMP

In 1718, decades before the Founding Fathers quarreled over State’s rights versus Federal rights, Blackbeard’s infamous Queen Anne’s Revenge ran aground off the coast of Beaufort, North Carolina

“One of the greatest threats to the welfare of the creative community is piracy. Piracy is a persistent and evolving pro...
06/03/2020
June 2, 2020

“One of the greatest threats to the welfare of the creative community is piracy. Piracy is a persistent and evolving problem for virtually all types of copyrighted works and copyright owners and undermines the rights of creators and the value of copyright. It is essential that the copyright industries be able to recoup their investments in order to fund the next wave of investment, create and distribute quality content for the public to enjoy, and ensure job stability for the nearly 5.7 million men and women these industries employ in the United States.

https://copyrightalliance.org/news-events/press-releases/june-2-2020/

#copyright #DMCA #CopyrightAlliance

Copyright Alliance Statement on Senate IP Subcommittee DMCA Hearing on the Notice-and-Takedown System Washington, DC — Today, the Copyright Alliance submitted a statement for the record to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s IP Subcommittee regarding its June 2, 2020

The decision vindicates photography agencies who file group registrations on behalf of photographers, as the court held ...
06/03/2020
Court Decision Has Important Implications for Copyright and Damages

The decision vindicates photography agencies who file group registrations on behalf of photographers, as the court held that both the individual images and the collection are protected by the registration. Photographers and agencies, however, should be aware of the court’s holding, which limits the amount of damages that can be collected: courts will no longer “look back” farther in time than three years prior to suit.

https://medium.com/dmla-insights/court-decision-has-important-implications-for-copyright-and-damages-f1b6e471cd49

Appellate Court decides important copyright issues regarding Corbis registrations and “Look Back” Period

DMCA review is just one of many bipartisan, legislative processes, already underway, that were slowed but not entirely s...
06/02/2020
Some People Will Say Anything to Hurt Creators - The Illusion of More

DMCA review is just one of many bipartisan, legislative processes, already underway, that were slowed but not entirely stopped by the pandemic. Next, and more importantly, it is not Republicans who suddenly put this on the agenda ahead of more pressing matters. Republican Senator Tillis is leading the Senate Judiciary Committee DMCA review, but in collaboration with Democrats you might know like Senators Coons and Leahy. They both support copyright and creators, but why mention that in a time when we can sow more discord?

https://illusionofmore.com/some-people-will-say-anything-to-hurt-creators/

#copyright #DMCA

In opposition to DMCA review, some people will say anything to make sure Big Tech gets to keep hurting creators.

“For too long, IA has brazenly scanned and distributed published works while refusing to abide by the traditional contou...
06/02/2020
June 1, 2020

“For too long, IA has brazenly scanned and distributed published works while refusing to abide by the traditional contours of copyright law. We understand that, to date, IA has illegally reproduced more than 1.3 million scans of books for the purpose of distributing them to the public in direct contravention of the rights of authors and publishers. IA would like the public to believe that the books are rare and older titles used for research, but in reality, they are scanning and distributing recent works, fiction and non-fiction, thrillers and kids’ books — all without the authority of publishers and authors and well beyond the scope of what is permitted by copyright law. These activities — which are done in spite of the fervent objections of publishers and authors throughout the country — demonstrate a complete disregard for the rights of authors and publishers, for traditional libraries that follow long-standing book lending protocols, and for members of Congress who have carefully crafted America’s copyright laws to balance the rights of creators with the interests of traditional libraries.

https://copyrightalliance.org/news-events/press-releases/june-1-2020/

#copyright #InternetArchive

Copyright Alliance Statement on Book Publishers' Infringement Suit Against Internet Archive Washington, D.C. – Today, the Copyright Alliance released a statement regarding the Association of American Publishers’ (AAP) copyright infringement suit against the Internet Archive (IA) on

Today, member companies of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against I...
06/01/2020
Publishers File Suit Against Internet Archive for Systematic Mass Scanning and Distribution of Literary Works - AAP

Today, member companies of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Internet Archive (“IA”) in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The suit asks the Court to enjoin IA’s mass scanning, public display, and distribution of entire literary works, which it offers to the public at large through global-facing businesses coined “Open Library” and “National Emergency Library,” accessible at both openlibrary.org and archive.org. IA has brazenly reproduced some 1.3 million bootleg scans of print books, including recent works, commercial fiction and non-fiction, thrillers, and children’s books.

Ask Court to Enjoin and Deter Willful Infringement Today, member companies of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Internet Archive (“IA”) in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The suit asks the Court to ...

In his ruling, Judge Hacon ordered Rosen and his companies to pay an initial $100,000 in damages for copyright infringem...
06/01/2020
Watership Down author's estate wins back all rights to classic novel

In his ruling, Judge Hacon ordered Rosen and his companies to pay an initial $100,000 in damages for copyright infringement, agreeing unauthorised license deals and denying royalty payments. Rosen and his companies were also directed to provide a record of all license agreements involving Watership Down, and pay court costs and the estate’s legal fees totalling £28,000. Rosen is set to pay additional damages, to be determined at a later hearing.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jun/01/watership-down-author-richard-adams-wins-back-rights-to-classic-novel?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

In a case at London’s high court, Richard Adams’ estate won a longstanding claim against Martin Rosen, director of the 1978 animation

Vicarious liability for copyright infringement requires proof of the following elements: (1) the right and ability to su...
05/29/2020
“I didn't know” won’t help you when it comes to copyright infringement.

Vicarious liability for copyright infringement requires proof of the following elements: (1) the right and ability to supervise the infringing conduct, and (2) a direct financial interest in the infringement. A tangential or incidental financial benefit is not sufficient. Regarding the element of financial interest, some courts have explained that vicarious liability exists when the defendant “profit[s] from direct infringement while declining to exercise a right to stop or limit it.”

https://medium.com/@legal.ayalamateus/i-didnt-know-wont-help-you-when-it-comes-to-copyright-infringement-7e3cff09217a

#copyright #intellectualProperty #infringement

Did you know that copyright infringement can result in damages up to $150,000 per piece? In the context of online copyright infringement…

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Nautilus Productions has produced documentaries for National Geographic International, the Canadian History Channel, North Carolina Public Television, Texas A&M, the Louisiana State Museum and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (US Dept. of the Interior). Corporate clients include Office Depot and UBS among others. Our broad range of experience and decades of work guarantee a great production.

Rick Allen, co-founder of Nautilus Productions, broadcast video producer and cinematographer has been diving the oceans of the world and shooting video since 1983. As a video producer, director and videographer his work has appeared on ABC, A&E, BBC, CBS, Discovery, TLC, National Geographic, 48 Hours, ESPN, Lifetime, Turner and more. He has followed SWAT teams through the door on drug busts, traveled from Cuba to Kazakhstan with the 82nd Airborne, weathered live broadcasts during hurricanes, gone nose to nose with 14 foot Great White sharks during underwater expeditions and is the official project videographer on the Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge Shipwreck Project. After 12 years in broadcast television Allen opened his own video production company in 1997 focused on documentary production as well as providing freelance videography and underwater video services to broadcast clients. Allen is an avid wreck diver and shark lover who can be found most weekends diving the Graveyard of the Atlantic.

Cindy Burnham is a photojournalist with more than 3 decades of work covering the news, the people, and visual tempo of our age. She is the owner of Lucky Shot Productions, a freelance photography company and co-founder of Nautilus Productions, a video production company, as well as the former assignments editor and senior photographer at the Fayetteville Observer. Her images have appeared on covers and pages of Newsweek, New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Time Life books and more. Burnham is an avid underwater photographer. She spends her weekends during summers diving on WWII shipwrecks of North Carolina and swimming with Sand Tigers sharks.

Nautilus Productions is also the exclusive owner and licensor of footage from Blackbeard the Pirate's flagship - the Queen Anne's Revenge (QAR). Since the 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). Our staff works with the North Carolina's Underwater Archaeology Branch documenting this incredible underwater find. Nautilus Productions' duties include the video documentation of activities on site, the archaeological survey and recovery of artifacts from the shipwreck and licensing the stock footage library. The Queen Anne's Revenge Shipwreck Project stock footage library contains nearly two decades of HD & SD footage from the project.

Allen is also known for QAR DiveLive 2000 & 2001. During QAR DiveLive real time underwater video of the project was streamed to the internet as a part of an educational program that reached thousands of children around the world. The project, proposed by Bill Lovin of Marine Grafics and Rick Allen of Nautilus Productions melded television technology, Internet streaming, and underwater archaeology. The live, internet broadcasts allowed students to talk to scientists, see video of the shipwreck and learn about methods and technologies utilized by underwater archaeologists in real time.

November 5, 2019: In what may be the most important copyright case in decades, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Allen v. Cooper. In 2015, according to a complaint filed in federal court, North Carolina pirated footage of Blackbeard's flagship, the 'Queen Anne's Revenge.' Then North Carolina passed "Blackbeard's Law" to justify that misuse. Rick Allen of Nautilus Productions has now taking his case to the Supreme Court of the United States. The issue is whether Congress validly abrogated state sovereign immunity via the Copyright Remedy Clarification Act in providing remedies for authors of original expression whose federal copyrights are infringed by states. North Carolina maintains that sovereign immunity prevents it from being held liable for damages, as other copyright infringers would be.

Allen has also been featured in numerous stories and on NPR's "The Story" - Blackbeard's Shipwreck and The Hook & Planet Money - Episode 955: Pirate Videos. Nautilus serves Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Fayetteville, Pinehurst, Wilmington, Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Ft. Bragg, Camp Lejeune, NC, Myrtle Beach & Charleston, SC & the world. 4K & HD - NTSC & PAL gear packages.

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