RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A bill making clear footage and photographs of shipwrecks held by North Carolina state agencies are public records is heading to Gov. Pat McCrory's desk.
The bill's passage comes after the shipwreck-hunting company that found Blackbeard's sunken ship off the North Carolina coast sued the state last month for $8 million. Intersal Inc. says officials violated a contract involving photos and videos of the wreck by displaying them on websites and social media without the company's watermark.
The state says it has not violated its contract.
The new bill approved Monday night does not apply to current contracts, including the one with Intersal.
The company discovered Blackbeard's sunken flagship in 1996.
McCrory's office didn't immediately respond Tuesday on the bill, which has been defended by one of his Cabinet agencies.