I was told it would take four years. As it turns out, it only took two and a half.
When I created and published the International Symbol for Custom Rod Building, it was automatically copyrighted under the Berne Convention of which the United States is a participating member. Copyright is automatic under the Berne Convention, although the United States requires copyright registration in order to legally recoup damages or fees related to copyright infringement. Thus I filed an official registration application with the United States Copyright Office at the time of the symbolâ€™s creation in June of 2008.
Per the copyright officeâ€™s normal time frame for processing such applications, I fully expected it would take the full 4 years in order to receive the copyright registration.Â Iâ€™d pretty much put it out of my mind until this morning when I got the morningâ€™s mail – it included a letter and Certificate of Registration from the U.S. Copyright Office. The International Symbol for Custom Rod Building, already recognized as copyrighted by international law, has now been officially recorded in the U.S. Copyright Office Records.