Copyright and Licenses


Copyright is the collection of rights granted to the author of a piece of work (book , song, video, software, etc.). Something is copyrighted when the work is in any tangible form.

Rights Included:

  • Sell it
  • Alter it
  • Lease it
  • Lend it


Types of Licenses:

  • Public Domain - Isn't protected by copyright law
  • Freeware - Copyrighted work that you can use, copy, or giveaway for free
  • Shareware - Similar to freeware but if you want permanent/full use, you must pay for it. It offers a free trial
  • All Rights Reserved - May be used by the purchaser according to the exact details spelled out in the license agreement
  • Open Source - Software that includes the source code with the idea that someone can improve upon it

Some Examples of Licenses