Vessel Hull Design Amendments Advance; Fashion Design Legislation Not Included On July 22, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6531, a bill to amend the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act. H.R. 6531 provides copyright-like protection for original designs of boat hulls, decks, or combined hulls and decks. The Act currently provides protection for vessel hulls, and defines a hull as including a deck. This definition led to a federal circuit court of appeals decision that a design for a hull not...