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    A common misconception about copyrights is that they protect the material object being depicted.  They do not.  You can copyright instructions for knitting a sweater, but you only own the actual instructions, not the final products.  You can copyright the blueprints for a boat, but you only own the blueprints, not any boat made from the blueprints.  Copyrights protect literary and artistic expressions, such as songs, novels, web page content, sculptures, photographs and the like.

    While it is true that you cannot patent a boat, you could patent a new method of steering a boat, or a new means of boat propulsion, for example.  But, you don't get a patent on the blueprints of the boat itself.

    For the boat itself, you might be able to obtain a design patent on the look of the boat, or some aspect of it.  For example, the tread patterns on the soles of sneakers are commonly protected by design patents.  As others have noted, though, design patents are pretty much a waste of time for something like a boat because even a small change in design will invalidate any claims of infringement.

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