What is copyright?

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

Different types of Copyright Licenses

Public Domain: software that isn't protected by copyright laws because either the copyright has expired, the creator donated it to the public domain, or the work was created using public money

  • Example: Classic literature

Freeware: copyrighted work that you can use, copy, or give away for free

  • Example: iTunes

Shareware: copyrighted work that you can copy, share, or use but for a limited time

  • Free Trials

All Rights Reserved: a license that allows the purchaser to use the software according to the details spelled out in the license agreement

  • Any store selling software has an all right reserved area

Open Source: software that includes the source code with the idea that someone can improve it

  • Firefox

Pictures of the different types of Licenses