What Is Copright?

Copyright is the collection of rights granted to a piece of work (book, song, video, software, etc.)

Types of Copyrights

  • Public Domain: Isn’t protected by copyright law because it meets one of the following conditions:

- The copyright has expired

- The work was created using public money

- The creator donated the work into public domain

Ex: Classic literature (since the copyright has run out)

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

Ex: Since iTunes is free, and there is no other version that costs money, it is freeware

  • 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.

Ex: 30 Days Free Trial

  • All Rights Reserved: Only allows the purchaser to use the software according to the details spelled out in the license agreement.

Ex: Most software you buy at Best Buy or similar store would be considered All Rights Reserved.

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

Ex: Firefox