Copyright and Licenses

By Haley Maki

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

Public Domain

Not protected by any copyright law because it meets one of the following conditions


  • copyright has expired

  • the work was created using public money

  • the creator donated the work into the public domain


Examples

Classic Novels

Freeware

Copyrighted work that you can copy, use, or giveaway for free.


Examples

Internet Explorer, Safari, Windows Media Player, and iTunes

Shareware

Copyrighted work that you can use share and download for free but only for a limited time but purchased permanent version is available.


Examples

Free trial, Free app, and AOL

All Rights Reserved

It allows only the purchaser to use software according to the details in the licence agreement.


Examples

Most software that you can get at Best Buy.

Open Source

Software that has the source code with the ID that someone can prove.


Examples

Firefox and Chrome