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