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

Public Domain

When an item is copyright protected but the copyright expires. This occurs for one of the three reasons: expiration, donation, or created with public money.

Benefit: To give to the public


Copyrighted work that can be copied, used, and given for free. Example: iTunes.

Benefit: Money is made through in app purchases and ads.


Copyrighted material that one can use for free for a limited time. Example: a software trial.

Benefit: the user is given the opportunity to try the software before purchasing.

All rights reserved

Allows the purchaser to use software according to the details in the license agreement. Example: Microsoft Word

Benefit: To look at other peoples work without getting charged for copyright.

Open Source

Software that includes the source code with the idea that someone can improve it. Example: Google Chrome.

Benefit: Ability to improve software.