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Form D-VH For Vessel Hull Design Form. This is a Official Federal Forms form and can be use in US Copyright Office.
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4 Form D -VH Detach and read these instructions before completing this form. Make sure all applicable spaces have been filled in before you return this form. BASIC INFORMATION shows clearly the character and contour of all surfaces of any 3-dimensional aspects of the design. Surface shading is also necessary to distinguish between any open and solid areas of the design. Solid black surface shading is not permitted except when used to represent the black color as well as color contrast. The use of broken lines in drawings depicting the design is understood to be for illustrative purposes only and forms no part of the claimed design. Structure that is not part of the design, but that is considered necessary to show the environment in which the design is used, may be represented in the drawing by broken lines. This includes any portion of the vessel hull in which the design is embodied or applied that is not considered part of the design. When the claimed design is only surface ornamentation to the vessel hull, the vessel hull in which it is embodied must be shown in broken lines. In general, when broken lines are used, they should not intrude upon or cross the image of the design and should not be of heavier weight than the lines used in depicting the design. Where a broken line depiction of environmental structure must necessarily cross or intrude upon the representation of the design and obscures a clear understanding of the design, such an illustration should be included as a separate figure, in addition to other figures that fully disclose the subject matter of the design. Use Form D-VH to register an original design of a vessel hull that makes the hull attractive or distinctive in appearance to the purchasing or using public. A vessel hull includes the design of a plug or mold used to manufacture the vessel hull. definition A "vessel" is a craft designed to navigate on water, but does not include any such craft that exceeds 200 feet in length. A "hull" is the frame or body of a vessel, including the deck of a vessel, exclusive of masts, sails, yards, and rigging. A "plug" is a device or model used to make a mold for the purpose of exact duplication, regardless of whether the device or model has an intrinsic utilitarian function that is not only to portray the appearance of the product or to convey information. A "mold" is a matrix or form in which a substance for material is used, regardless of whether the matrix or form has an intrinsic utilitarian function that is not only to portray the appearance of the product or to convey information. design protection Design protection for vessel hulls is available only for original designs that are embodied in an actual vessel hull: no protection is available for designs that exist only in models, drawings, or representations. Staple or commonplace designs, such as a standard geometric figure, a familiar symbol, an emblem, or a motif, or another shape, pattern, or configuration that has become standard, common, prevalent, or ordinary, are not protected. Designs that differ from staple or commonplace designs only in insignificant details or in elements that are variants commonly used in the relevant trades are also not protectible. Designs that are embodied in a vessel hull that were made public by the designer or owner in the United States or a foreign country more than two years before the date of this application are also not eligible for protection. Finally, no protection is available for designs that were made public prior to October 28, 1998. Design protection afforded under chapter 13 of title 17, United States Code, commences upon publication of the registration by the Copyright Office, or upon the date the design is first made public, whichever date is earlier. Design protection is for a period of 10 years, terminating at the end of the calendar year in which the 10-year period expires. photographs The Copyright Office will accept high quality black and white or color photographs provided that they are mounted on plain white 8˝ x 11" unlined paper, not to exceed two photographs per sheet. Photographs must be developed on double weight photographic paper and must be of sufficient quality so that all the details of the design are plainly visible and are capable of reproduction on the registration certificate, if issued. design protection different from copyright protection drawings or photographs to accompany application The drawings or photographs of the design are a critical element of a design protection application. Because the drawings or photographs constitute the entire visual disclosure of the design, it is of the utmost importance that they be clear and complete, and that they include a sufficient number of views so that the appearance of the design is adequately shown. All drawings or photographs must be submitted on plain white, 8 ˝ × 11" unruled paper. Such paper should be flexible, strong, smooth, non-shiny, and durable. All sheets must be free from cracks, creases, and folds. Only one side of a sheet may be used for drawings or photographs. important note: Because the certificate of registration requires reproduction of the drawings or photographs of the design, a charge per sheet of depictions of the design, beyond three pages, is required in addition to the basic application fee. Although design protection and copyright protection under title 17 of the United States Code are both administered by the Register of Copyrights, they are not identical. Design protection differs significantly in most respects, including term of protection, ownership, eligibility, scope of protection, and registration procedures. While some designs that are eligible for design protection may also be eligible for copyright protection, design registration does not include a copyright registration. Copyright registration must be made separately. design protection not available for patented designs Design protection under chapter 13 of title 17 United States Code, is not available, and registration may not be made, for designs that have received patent protection under title 35 of the United States Code. For information, write to Library of Congress, U.S. Copyright OfficeCOPUBS, 101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20559, call (202) 707-3000 or 1-877-476-0778 (toll free), or go to www.copyright.gov. For forms, call (202) 707-9100. You may copy blank application forms; however, photocopies of Form D-VH submitted to the Copyright Offic