March 26, 2016
Friends of QAR calls it quits on fundraising, lawsuits lead to dissolution
Carteret County News-Times — Lawsuits alleging copyright infringement have led to the dissolution of Friends of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the nonprofit fundraising group for the QAR shipwreck project, but the state says work will continue.
The Article of Dissolution of the nonprofit corporation, based here, was filed March 14 with the N.C. Secretary of State in Raleigh.
Dec 1, 2015
Fayetteville company sues state in dispute about Blackbeard’s pirate ship
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court.
Nautilus owner Rick Allen alleges the government violated his copyright on his videos and images from Queen Anne’s Revenge, the pirate ship that sank off the North Carolina coast in 1718 and was found in 1996. He claims there is a conspiracy that is denying him revenue from his work, which dates back to 1998.
August 10, 2015
NC Public Radio East – Intersal Interview on National Public Radio
John Masters, Chairman of the Board for Intersal, Inc. and son of its late founder Philip Masters, spent years helping his father research and hunt for shipwrecks at Beaufort Inlet, NC, which resulted in the 1996 discovery of Queen Anne`s Revenge (QAR), 1718 Flagship of Blackbeard the Pirate.
in 1988 Intersal traded QAR salvage rights to the state of North Carolina in return for media & replica rights to QAR, as well as other rights connected to the search for El Salvador, and for years helped the NC Underwater Archeology Branch recover the wreck. Mr. Masters has given several talks on Intersal’s work, with his presentation focused on the current excavation and Intersal`s hunt for QAR, the lives of real pirates in the 18h Century, and the visits of Blackbeard and other pirates to the Treasure Coast.
In 2013, Intersal signed a new agreement connected to its QAR rights; Intersal is currently engaged in legal action over breach of that contract by the State of North Carolina…
For more on this subject, check out this National Public Radio story and and interview:
July 28, 2015
The company that found Blackbeard’s flagship sued the state Monday
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The shipwreck-hunting company that found Blackbeard’s flagship that sank off the North Carolina coast nearly 300 years ago sued the state Monday for more than $8 million, saying officials violated a contract involving photos and videos of the wreck and recovery.
Florida-based Intersal Inc. said in the lawsuit in state court in Raleigh that the amount could increase as the company discovers further violations of the contract involving the ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge. The lawsuit also seeks a temporary order preventing the state from violating the contract and from recovering more objects from the ship.
July 27, 2015
Company that found Blackbeard’s pirate ship sues state for $8.2 million
Fayetteville Observer – July 27, 2015 – The company that discovered the wreck of Blackbeard’s pirate ship off the North Carolina coast says the state owes it at least $8.2 million for breach of contract.
In a lawsuit filed in Raleigh on Monday against the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, Intersal Inc. of Florida says the state violated contractual restrictions on the use and publication of photos and video of the wreck of the Queen Anne’s Revenge and its artifacts.
June 5, 2015
NC Public Radio East – Intersal Interview on “Down East Journal” National Public Radio
This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with the Chairman of Intersal, the company engaged in a legal battle over Blackbeard’s flagship, The Queen Anne’s Revenge.