Intersal contends in its lawsuit that the state breached a contract that gave Intersal some exclusivity to images, video and other renditions of the wreck and its artifacts. The suit also accuses the nonprofit Friends of Queen Anne’s Revenge organization of interfering in the contract. “Our case has been active since 2015,” Masters said prior to the hearing. “In 2013 we signed a settlement agreement with the state in a dispute arising over the contract that was signed after we first found Queen Anne’s Revenge in 1996.” Lawsuit over Blackbeard’s pirate ship goes before NC Supreme Court
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