By Julia Forchic
What is copyright?
Copyright: The collection of rights granted to the author of a piece of work.
Types of Licenses
- Public Domain: Not protected by copyright laws; it's donated, expired, or made with public money.
- Freeware: Copyrighted work that can be used, copied, or given away for free.
- Shareware: Copyrighted work that you can copy, share, and use for free, but only for a limited amount of time (it's a free trial).
- All Rights Reserved: Allows a purchaser to use a software (the purchaser is bound by the license of agreement).
- Open source: Software that includes the source code, with the idea that someone can improve it.
Examples of Each
- Public Domain: classic literature and music
- Freeware: iTunes, Windows, Safari
- Shareware: lite apps, free hours of use
- All Rights Reserved: iWork, Microsoft Office
- Open Source: Firefox, Chrome