Copyright and Licenses

Knowledge about Copyrighting and Licensing


Copyright is a collection of rights granted to the author of the work. (i.e. a movie, a photo, a product)

The Five Types of Licenses

1. Public Domain - Isn't protected by copyright law because the copyright expired, the user made it with public money, donated the work to the public domain.

2. Freeware - Copyrighted work that you can use, copy or give away for free.

3. Shareware - Copyrighted work similar to Freeware but if you want the full thing you have to purchase it.

4. All Rights Reserved - May be used by the buyer according to the details spelled out in the license agreement.

5. Open Source - Includes the source code with the idea that someone can use it.

Picture Examples of Each Type of License