Copyright and Licenses

by Jason Jason

What is Copyright?

Copyright is a collection of rights granted to the author of a piece of work. Some of those rights include the right to sell it, alter it, lease it, lend it, etc. Something is copyrighted as soon as the intellectual work is in tangible form.
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Types of Licenses

Public Domain

Not covered by copyrighted because the copyright has run out, donated, or made with public money, Ex; Classic literature, Classical music
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Freeware

A copyrighted work that you can copy and give away for free, Ex; Itunes, Windows Media player and Safari
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Shareware

A copyrighted work that you can download and use for free but only for a limited time, or pay for full version, Ex: Lite games
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All Rights Reserved

Only allows the purchaser to use it.
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Open Source

Software that includes the source code with the idea that someone will improve it, Ex: Firefox, Chrome, Linux,
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