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Individuals cannot sue states for copyright infringement (access required)

  Videographer Frederick Allen in 2013 sued the state for allegedly pirating videos and pictures he took of Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard’s 18th-century pirate ship that sank off the North Carolina coast. Allen alleged, and the federal court for the Eastern District of North Carolina agreed, that North Carolina—which published the works online without Allen’s consent—infringed ...

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