Copyrights and Licenses

By Toby Burke

What is Copyright?

Copyright is the collection of rights granted to the author of the work.

What are the five types of licenses?

There are five licenses:

1. Public Domain - Isn’t protected by copyright law because it meets one of the following conditions: Copyright expired, work created using public money, creator donated work

2. Freeware - Copyrighted work that you can copy, use, or give away for free

3. Shareware - Copyrighted work that you can copy, use, or share but only for a limited time

4. All-rights reserved - Allows only the purchaser to use the software

5. Open Source - Software that includes the source code with the idea that someone can improve it


1. Public Domain - Classic literature

2. Freeware - Safari, Internet Explorer, iTunes

3. Shareware - Free-Trials

4. All-rights reserved - Most software that you can purchase at Best Buy and stores alike (i.e. Video Games)

5. Open Source - Firefox and Chrome