Copyright and Licenses

By: Emma Bush

What is Copyright?

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

Types of Licenses...

Public Domain

Isn’t protected by copyright law because the copyright has expired, it was created using public money, the creator donated the work into public domain.


Example: Shakespeare or any classic literature, because the copywriter has expired.

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Freeware

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


Example: Safari, Internet Explorer, Windows, etc.

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Shareware

Copyrighted work that you can copy, share, and use for free, but only for a limited time. If you want the full, permanent program you must pay for it.


Example: It’s a free trial.

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All Rights Reserved

Allows only the purchaser to use the software.


Example: Microsoft

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Open Source

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


Example: Firefox and Chrome