By Alec Smith
What Is It?
The Different Licenses
Public Domain- Material not protected by copyright laws. The 3 reasons why it might be public: copyright either expired, public money made the material, or the material was donated into the public domain. An example is like classical literature, where the author died centuries ago and the copyright expired.
Freeware- Copyrighted material that you can give away for free (copy it, distribute it, etc)
An example may include Itunes, Windows Media Player, Internet Explorer, Safari etc.
Shareware-Shareware is copyrighted material that’s a portion of the actual product. This could include AOL lite games or App Store 'lite' apps, which aren't the full version.
All Rights Reserved-Only allows the purchaser to use the software according to the details spelled out in the license agreement. This could include most software you buy at Best Buy or other similar stores (GTA, iWork etc.).
Open Source-Software that includes the source code with the idea that someone can improve it. Things like Google Chrome and Firefox are good examples of this.
No protection over copyright laws
Material you can give away for free
Copyrighted material that's a portion of the actual material.
All Rights Reserved
Only allows the user to use the software under certain details in the agreement.
Software that includes the source code with the idea that someone can improve it.