Copyright licenses

Restrictions can be useful...when using others work

What is a copyright?

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

1. Public Domain

Isn’t protected by copyright law because it meets one of the following conditions:

-The copyright has expired

-The work was created using public money

-The creator donated the work into the public domain


Examples: Classic literature (because the copyright has run out)

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2. Freeware

Copyrighted work that you can copy, share or use for free, but for a limited time.


Examples: iTunes, Safari, Internet explorer, ect.

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3. Shareware

Copyrighted work you can share, or use for free, but only for a limited time.


Examples: A free game, free trial

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4. All Rights Reserved

Only allows the purchaser to use the software according to rights agreement.


Examples: Most stuff at Best Buy

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5. Open Source

Software that includes the source code with the idea that someone can improve it.


Examples: Firefox and Chrome

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