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Blackbeard's ship row goes to Supreme Court

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Eldorado

"In perhaps one of the most bizarre rulings America’s highest judicial power has ever had to make, the Supreme Court has ruled video film and photographs of the salvage of Blackbeard’s ship can be used by the state of North Carolina to promote tourism.

"It is a ruling that Edward Thatch - who history has erroneously been describing as Edward Teach for centuries - would certainly understand, for it goes to the heart of whether the Government or state authorities are allowed to act like pirates - and if they do, does that break the law."

Full article at the Bristol Post UK: Link

At Nautilus Productions: Link

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aztek

 eminent domain can be used for all kinds of properties, including intellectual

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RoofGardener

But.. that's just WRONG, surely ? 

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Doug1029

"Teach" - pronounced "Tok" is an Irish word meaning "House."  How sure are we that "Thatch" is the correct translation?

Doug

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Doug1029

In one fell swoop the Supreme Court has overturned copyright law.  Now China can legally steal any idea an American citizen has come up with.  It also means that I can use photos taken by my local newspaper without asking them.  It's open season.

Doug

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Raptor Witness
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“This is not the first time the State has been in trouble over the project. Earlier allegations of copyright infringement resulted in a 2013 Settlement Agreement, and payment of $15,000 to Nautilus and Allen as compensation for copyright infringement. Then, in August of 2015, Blackbeard’s Law was passed, stating that videos, photos and other documentary work in the State’s possession are now “public documents” and that there are no restrictions on their use. It also said that any agreement to the contrary would be invalid.“

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It does seem odd. Why not just pay the copyright holder? 15k seems like a reasonable sum of money.

I wonder if the essential argument is that you can’t copyright cultural heritage?

 North Carolina becomes a pirate by law? Interesting thought ....

By the way, if you haven’t seen “Black Sails” on Starz, and you like realistic pirate material, it’s a phenomenal piece of artwork.

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hetrodoxly
On 4/11/2020 at 9:40 PM, Doug1029 said:

"Teach" - pronounced "Tok" is an Irish word meaning "House."  How sure are we that "Thatch" is the correct translation?

Doug

Everyone appears to be agreeing it's 'Thatch' that being said 'Teach' is an English surname, Teach is an Anglo Saxon phrase "at asche," meaning at, or near the ash tree.

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Doug1029
6 hours ago, hetrodoxly said:

Everyone appears to be agreeing it's 'Thatch' that being said 'Teach' is an English surname, Teach is an Anglo Saxon phrase "at asche," meaning at, or near the ash tree.

It is also an Irish word meaning "house."

Doug

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hetrodoxly
2 hours ago, Doug1029 said:

It is also an Irish word meaning "house."

Doug

And the relevance is?

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Doug1029
23 minutes ago, hetrodoxly said:

And the relevance is?

The British Isles are a mix of surnames from different countries.  How do you know Teach was of English descent and not just raised in England?

Doug

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hetrodoxly
13 minutes ago, Doug1029 said:

The British Isles are a mix of surnames from different countries.  How do you know Teach was of English descent and not just raised in England?

Doug

This is a bit bizarre, Teach and his real name Thatch are both English names and he came from England so it would be reasonable to assume he's English, but you can never be 100% sure with anyone in history.

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hetrodoxly
27 minutes ago, Doug1029 said:

The British Isles are a mix of surnames from different countries.  How do you know Teach was of English descent and not just raised in England?

Doug

This got me thinking, there's a lot of English people who have Scottish or Irish names and they don't know the origin, a Scottish or Irish guy could have come to London to make his fortune a 1000 years ago, married an English girl and had sons born in every generation who married English people they'd have their surname 'Jock McMacjock' and 'Patrick O'paddy' they immigrate to America where their descendants would have their Kilts and CDs and cry when they heard the pipes but have far less Scottish or Irish blood than the average Englishman. 

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