Copyrights and Licenses


A collection of rights granted to the author of a piece of work.


Public Domain: The copyrights have expired, work was created using public money, and the creator donated work into Public Domain. The benefit is to educate the public, recognition.

Freeware: Copyrighted work you can copy, use, or give away for free. Examples are Internet Explorer, Safari. The benefit is exposure.

Shareware: Copyrighted work you can copy, share, and use for free but only for a limited time. An example is “Lite apps”. The benefit is people wanting to buy the full version after.

All rights reserved: Only allows purchaser to use the software according to details in the agreement. Example: Buy something at Best Buy

Open source: Allow software to be used freely, modified, and shared. Example: Google Chrome.