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Ranger Boats Receives First Protection Under The Law.

Wood Manufacturing Company, maker of Ranger Boats, has accepted the honor of receiving the first-ever "Protected Design" copyright registration from the U.S. Government.

Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters remarked, "For the first time in U.S. history there is federal protection for industrial hull designs." She even signed the original document at the ceremony, a rare occurrence, because she felt the event held greater than usual significance for industrial copyright protection.

Ranger Boats president Randy Hopper was presented the copyright certificate at a special ceremony in the Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C. This is the first copyright registration of a hull design for any manufacturer. According to Hopper, "We believe the honor of being chosen as the first to receive a copyrighted hull design helps validate the way Ranger owners feel about their boats." Issued under the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act, the certificate protects the Ranger 522VX Comanche hull design.

This copyright registration paves the way for manufacturers to "reassure customers they are purchasing an original design," said Hopper, "and will give all manufacturers more confidence to make stronger investments in research and development."

Ranger Boats, headquartered in Flippin, Arkansas, is the nation's largest manufacturer of premium quality fishing boats, including a line of more than 40 freshwater boats, and a popular saltwater series. With emphasis on building the best boats in the world, Ranger Boats is still building legends ...one at a time.

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