Vessel Hull Design Protection Service

To administer the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act of 1998; to examine and decide the acceptability of all applications and identifying material for registration of claims of protection; to establish by regulation the fees for filing of applications and for other services provided by the Copyright Office;
to record and publish legal facts or data pertaining to each registered work; to furnish information to the public about the procedures for applying for registration and the practices of the Office; to record documents of transfer or other documents pertaining to vessel hull designs.

Agency - Library of Congress

Program Accomplishments

In FY 07, the Office made 26 vessel hull design registrations. The Office estimates 30 such registrations for FY 08.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Anyone may request information about the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act, the Copyright Office regulations, the method of securing registration and the procedures for registering claims of protection and recording documents.

This information is free of charge.

Reports on facts found in the records of the Copyright Office may be obtained for a statutory fee of $150 an hour.

However, any member of the public may (without charge) use the catalog records in the Copyright Office.

The fee set by regulation for registration of a claim of protection to one design is $200.

There are also separate schedules of regulatory fees for additional deposit copies, recordation of distinctive identification of an owner, special handling of a registration application, recordation of transfers of ownership and certified copies of record.

The latest fee information can be obtained by contacting the Copyright Office or checking the Copyright Office Website at

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Information is supplied on request to anyone.

Registration may be made by the owner of a qualified vessel hull design, as designated by law, or the duly authorized agent of such owner.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Information is supplied to anyone on request. Owners of qualified vessel hull designs as designated by law will benefit.


This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No.


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Walk-in service or written requests for information. Applications for registration are made on form D-VH provided by the Office. Application forms are available on the Copyright Office Website at This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

Not applicable.


Applications for registration of a claim of protection must be made within 2 years after the date in which the vessel hull design was first made public anywhere in the world.


Public Law 105-304, 112 Stat. 2860 (1998), as amended.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

There is no time period prescribed by law within which the Copyright Office must accept or reject an application for registration of a vessel hull design.


If the Register of Copyrights refuses to issue a certificate of registration of a vessel hull design, the applicant may, upon written request, seek reconsideration within three months after the date on which the notice of refusal is sent. Final refusal of the Register of Copyrights to issue a certificate of registration may be brought for review in an appropriate United States district court.


None. The duration of protection is a single ten-year term terminating at the end of the tenth calendar year.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable.

Post Assistance Requirements







Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries and Expenses) FY 07 $0; FY 08 $0; and FY 09 est not reported. Note: The cost of the vessel hull design protection service has been absorbed by the Copyright Office under the appropriation for copyright services. (Fees collected are returned to the U.S. Treasury to offset the costs of the program.)

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Applications, copies of regulations, and printed informational circulars are available from the Copyright Office at the mailing address given below.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Register of Copyrights, Copyright Office, James Madison Memorial Building, Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Telephone: (202) 707-1497. Mailing Address: Library of Congress, Copyright Office, 101 Independence Ave. SE., Washington, DC 20559-6000.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.

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