What Is Copright?
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