The Morning’s Mail…

I was told it would take four years. As it turns out, it only took two and a half.

U.S. Copyright Registration VA1-754-316

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 symbol’s creation in June of 2008.

Per the copyright office’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.  I’d pretty much put it out of my mind until this morning when I got the morning’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.

Tom Kirkman



  1. Lou Auret on February 14, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Awesome. Many folk have commented about mine on the back of my truck.

  2. RandyH on February 15, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    I thought I read on one of the message boards where you did not really have a copyright on this and were in violation for saying you did?

  3. Tom on February 15, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    I read the same thing. Those who perpetrated that rumor had/have no clue as to what a copyright entails. They almost certainly also had an agenda to push. Just one more reason not to believe everything you read on the internet.

  4. RandyH on February 15, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    I got it…..Not questioning you, just wondering. Most times what you say turns out to be factually true in the long run.

  5. Chandy on February 16, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Well thats goverment for you! This sort of thing should not take more than a few months or even a few weeks. Glad it worked out though.