What is Copyright?

Learn About The Five Licenses Of Copyright

Public Domain

Items not protected by copyright law because:

  • Copyright runs out (over time)
  • Made with public money
  • Donated into public domain

Examples: Classic Literature, Sculptures


Copyrighted work that you can distribute for free at the authors approval

Examples: Itunes, Google Chrome


Copyrighted work you can use for free but only for a limited time (ex. free trials)

Other Examples: Antivirus Softwares, Lite Applications

All Rights Reserved

This license allows the purchaser to use software according to the details spelled out in the license agreement they must sign upon downloading the software

Some Examples: Pages license agreement, Microsoft Word

Open Source

The Open Source license allows software that includes the source code when downloaded

to be distributed

Some Examples: Google Chrome & Firefox

Other examples: The Linux OS