Copyright and Licenses

By Joanna Lazzaroni


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

Licenses include public domain, freeware, shareware, all rights reserved and open source.

Public Domain

Public Domain is not protected by copyright law because copyright has expired, the author donated it or it made with public money.

Examples would include classical literature and classical music


Freeware is copyrighted work you can use, copy or give away free. It is anything you don’t have to pay for.

Examples are free apps such as iTunes.

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Shareware is copyrighted work that you can use, copy or share that you can use for a limited amount of time.

Examples would be light versions of games

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All Rights Reserved

All rights reserved allows the purchaser to use the software according to the details spelled out in the licenses agreement.

Examples would be most software you buy at Best Buy or similar store would be considered All Rights Reserved

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Open Source

Open source is software that includes the source code with the idea that.

Examples are Firefox and Chrome