Lindsay v. The Wrecked and Abandoned Vessel R.M.S. Titanic

52 U.S.P.Q.2d 1609 (S.D.N.Y. 1999)

Even though you might have seen the movie, you might not remember what the Titanic looked like. In that case, you can take a computer-generated virtual tour. However, there are many other sites for you to look at. In particular, this site contains a wealth of Titanic artifacts and information about them.

Concerned about the detrimental effects salvage operations were having on the wreckage, Congress passed the Titanic Maritime Memorial Act. To this end, the United States introduced a resolution to the United Nations to create an international multi-lateral treaty declaring the wreck as an international maritime memorial.

In June 2004, the United States signed such a treaty with the United Kingdom, Canada and France. The senate still has not ratified the treaty; Senator Kerry introduced a bill in 2012 to do so, but it stalled. In the meantime, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has promulgated regulations for conducting research and/or salvaging objects from the Titanic. As of 2012 on the 100th anniversary of the wreck, the Titanic is protected as a UNESCO Underwater Cultural Heritage Site (UNESCO can't protect sites less than 100 years old). The 41 Parties to the Underwater Cultural Heritage convention do not include the United States.