Are states completely immune from federal copyright infringement actions brought by individuals? That question was just answered by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Allen, et al. v. Cooper, Governor of North Carolina, et al.
Frederick Allen recorded videos and captured photographs of a shipwreck off the coast of North Carolina. He registered those works as copyrights. Later, the State of North Carolina published some of Allen’s videos and photographs online, which led to Allen filing a lawsuit for copyright infringement.