Copyright and License


Copyright is a collection of rights.

Public Domain

Not protected by any copyright law because it meets one of the following conditions: copyright has expired, the work was created using public money, the creator donated the work into the public domain.

Examples: Classic Literature


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

Examples: Internet Explorer, Safari, Windows Media Player, iTunes.


Copyrighted work that you can use, share and download for free but only for a limited time. If you want a permanent version you must purchase it.

Examples: Free trial, free app, AOL

All Rights Reserved

Allows only the purchaser to use software according to the details in the licence agreement.

Examples: Most software you get at best buy

Open Source

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

Examples: Firefox and chrome let users have the code for the software