Copyrighting and Its Licenses

Made By Adam Hickey

The right, given to someone who is or represents the creator of a work, that allows them to distribute, sell, print, or expand upon, among other things, exclusively. This is called copyright. There are five different types of copyright license a work can have.

The Licenses

Public Domain

Public domain is a license that allows anyone to reproduce or use a work, either because copyright has expired on the work, public money was used to create it, or it was made with the author expressing desire for it to be under public domain. An example would be a classical work, as they are old enough that copyrights on them have expired.


Freeware licenses mean that anyone can download and use the copyrighted work for free. Examples include things such as search engines, which anyone can download for use, no matter if they are the work's creator or not.


Shareware is like freeware, but limited. You can download, share, or use a work for free, but only some parts of it and/or for only a limited time. In order for it to be unlimited, you must pay for it. Examples would be online video games that give you the chance to use it for a limited time, but you have to pay to use it longer than that.

All Rights Reserved

This is a work that you can use, for free or at expense, but you have to use it following the terms outlined in a software agreement. An example would be a computer program that you're only allowed to download onto one machine, or many of the products you would buy at a Best Buy or other store.

Open Source

An open source is a work that comes with the capability for the user to expand upon it. An example would be some search engines, which allow you to modify or add things to the already existing software.