1310.1 Registration Required for Ten-Year Protection
To secure protection of a vessel design for the entire ten-year term, owners must file an application to register the design with the U.S. Copyright Office within two years of the date on which the design was first “made public.” Otherwise, protection under Chapter 13 will be lost. 17 U.S.C. § 1310 (A)- (B). For example, a claim in a vessel design that was first made public on October 31, 2013 must be received in the Office prior to or on October 31, 2015 to be protected.