By: Syscilia Munson


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

There a 5 types of licensees for copyright

1. Public Domain

Isn’t protected by copyright laws because of one of the following conditions:

  • the copyright has expired,
  • the work was created using public funds,
  • the creator donated the work.
Classic literature, or classic books would be an example

2. Freeware

Is copyrighted work you can use, and or give away for free. An example would be iTunes.

3. Shareware

Is copyrighted work that you can copy, share, and use for free, however only for a limited time. Like the 'lite' apps you see in the app store.

4. All Rights Reserved

Only allows the purchaser to use the software as it was dictated to them through the license agreement. An example would be a game you buy at best buy.

5. Open source

Software that includes the source code with the hope someone will improve it. Chrome and its extensions would be a good example.