What is it?

What is the definition of copyright?

the exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same

Types of Copyright

Public Domain

Not protected by copyright because it is expired, the work was created by public money, or the creator donated it to the public domain. Example would be “Romeo and Juliet” because it is available to anybody without cost or permission.


Copyright material that you can copy, use, or give away. Examples are Skype, Adobe Reader, Free Studio and Windows Media Player.


Copyrighted work that can be shared, downloaded, and used for free but only for a limited time. It gives you a little taste of the glory! Examples are “Lite” versions of apps on the app store and 30 day free trials.

All RIghts Reserved

Only allows the purchaser to use the software to the restrictions stated in the license. Example would be Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

Open Source

Software that includes the source code with the idea that someone can improve it. Examples are Firefox and Chrome. They allow the code for the software so users can improve it.