by Griffin Ward


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

There are many licenses for Copyright

Public Domain

Public Domain isn’t protected by copyright law because it has expired, it was created using public money, or it was donated to the public. For example Classical literature and classical music.


Freeware is Copyrighted work that you can copy, use, or give away for free. For example

Windows media can be downloaded for free on any PC.


Shareware is copyrighted work that you can use but for a limit of time. For example Free 30 day trials, Lite apps in the app store.

All Rights Reserved

ARR allows the purchaser to use the software according to the details spelled out in the license agreement. For example you can only share the software on one computer, most of the software on Best Buy has All Rights Reserved.

Open Source

Open software is a software that includes the source code with the idea that someone can improve it. For example FireFox, Chrome, and Linux.