Copyright and Licenses

By Camille Breiholz


a collection of rights granted to the author of a piece of work

Public Domain

Not protected by copyright laws because copyright has expired, it was created with public funds, or the author donated work to the public.

Examples: classical music and literature


Copyrighted work you can copy, use, or give away for free.

Example: iTunes


Copyrighted work you can use, share, and copy for free for a limited time - if you want the full program you have to pay for it.

Example: lite apps in the app store are scaled down, free versions of the real app (free trials of a product)

All Rights Reserved

Allows the buyer to use the software according to the license agreement.

Example: photoshop or a game you buy at the store

Open Source

Software that includes the source code with the idea that someone can improve it

Examples: Firefox, Chrome