Copyright and Licenses

By: Maya Levine


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


A license is permission to use/do something; permission to use software, music, movies, books, etc.

Types of Licenses

There are five types of Licenses.

1. Public Domain

Definition: Isn't protected by copyright law because either: 1. Copyright has expired 2. The work was created using public money 3. The creator donated the work into the public domain

Examples: Classic literature and classical music. This is because their copyright has expired.

2. Freeware

Definition: Copyrighted work that you can use for free

Examples: Itunes, Windows Media Player, Google, Internet Explorer, etc.

3. Shareware

Definition: Copyrighted work that you can use for free but only for a limited time. If you want the full version you have to pay. It is a free trail.

Examples: Lite game apps, thirty day free trial (Netflix, Spotify, etc.)

4. All Rights Reserved

Definition: Only allows the purchaser to use the software according to the details spelled out in the license agreement.

Examples: Video games, movies, etc.

5. Open Source

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

Examples: Firefox, and Chrome. The users can make add-ons and extensions that does something cool.