By Carter Thompson

What is Copyright?

Copyright is the collection of rights granted to the author of a piece of work. Examples include books, songs, videos, and computer software.

The Five Copyright Licenses

There are five licenses that can be granted to authors to protect certain aspects of their works but allow other things to be done to them.

1. Public Domain

Public Domain works aren't protected by copyright laws if:

-The copyright has expired

-The work was created using public money

-The creator donated the work into the public domain

Some examples of Public Domain are older works, such as Shakespeare.

The benefits of public domain are that people can copy it multiple times for reasons such as English class.

2. Freeware

Freeware works are protected by copyright law and can be used or copied for free.

Some examples of Freeware are web browsers and music platforms.

The benefits of shareware are that everyone gets the same version, so other people who can afford it can't get a better, more expensive version.

3. Shareware

Shareware works are also protected by copyright law, but must be paid for if you want permanent use. Most shareware products have free trials.

An example of shareware is iPhone games.

The benefits of shareware are that it allows customers to try out a product before they decide to buy the full version.

4. All Rights Reserved

All Rights Reserved are works that must be used by the client according to the terms of use specified by the company.

Some examples of All Rights Reserved are computer video games and work software.

The benefits of All Rights Reserved are that companies who make these products don't have to worry about someone tampering with their work without getting permission or getting in serious trouble.

5. Open Source

Open Source works are software that include the source code with the idea that someone can improve upon them.

Some examples of Open Source are web browsers and Linux.

The benefits of Open Source are that it allows users to create additions or upgrades for whatever program you're using instead of waiting for the company to make it instead.