Piper Moeller

Everything you need to know about Copyrights

What is a copyright?

Copyright is a collection of rights granted to the author of a piece of work.

Public Domain

Work that is not protected by law, because it the copyright has either expired, was made using public money, or the author donated the work. (ex. shakespearean work)


Any copyrighted work that you can copy, use, or give away for free. (ex. itunes)


Work that you can copy, use, or give away for free, but only for a limited time. You'll eventually have to pay for the full or continued license. (ex. lite apps)

All Rights Reserved

Work that allows the purchaser to use the work. (ex. Microsoft Office, GTA)

Open Source

Software that includes the source code with the idea that someone can improve it. (ex. Google Chrome, Firefox)