Intellectual property law is the law that protects an individual’s original ideas, books, written items, inventions, or other information. This can be done through copyrights, patents, and trademarks. It also governs legal action taken against one who violates intellectual property law.
A patent is a grant from the federal government that gives an inventor the right to exclude others from making, using, selling, or importing his invention. A copyright grants a right to exclude others from copying, selling, performing, displaying, or making copied versions of original work like music, a book, or a piece of art. A trademark grants the right to use a brand name exclusively, as well as any design, slogan, sound, smell or any other symbol used to identify and market goods and services.
Yes, they are protected to a certain extent. If you want to ensure that they are safe, you should file for copyright and post that copyright notice along with those works. However, your intellectual property is still protected – even if you do not actually file for a copyright.
You may have a case against that person depending upon the situation. The first thing you should do is talk to a knowledgeable attorney and determine which route would best suit your needs and desires.
Yes, you can. By licensing it as “creative commons,” you can allow others to use your intellectual property and in some instances, you can determine how that intellectual property may be used and how it may not be used.