Copyright Laws

By: Wyatt Pike

What is copyright?

Copyright protects the work that people make, it ensures that no body uses it un-ethically.

Public Domain

If something is classified as public domain, you can use it and alter it as much as you want, for free! The three reasons that something might be public domain are: A. its copyright expired, B. the work was created with public money, and C. the creator donated it. An example of public domain is classic literature because its copyright has expired.

Freeware

If something is classified as freeware, you can use and share the product for free, but you may not alter it. Some examples of free ware include iTunes, Windows Movie Maker, and Office 365. Notice how all of the examples are easily accessed and free.

Shareware

If something is classified as shareware, you can use and share the product for free, but only for a short amount of time. Shareware is basically anything on a free trial. Some examples of shareware include Minecraft Lite, and the evaluating version of Reaper.

All Rights Reserved

If something is classified as All Rights Reserved, you can purchase and use the product, according to certain conditions in the license agreement. Some examples of All Rights Reserved include video games that you purchase.

Open Source

If something is classified as Open Source, it includes the source code so you can alter it. This makes it customizable to your specific needs. An example of open source is Linux.