What is Copyright?

The definition of copyright is a collection of rights that are granted to the author of a piece of work, such as books, songs and videos.

Licenses of Copyright

Public Domain

Public domain is the term used for a piece of work that is not subject to copyright and that has expired. It was made using public money, or the creator donated it.

An example of Public domain: A teacher being able to make copies of a piece of work for their student


Freeware is copyrighted work that you can copy, use or give away for free.

An example of freeware: If a student wanted to make a presentation, the could use freeware without the worry of stealing software.


Shareware is work that you can copy, share and use for free, but only for a limited time. you must pay for full version.

An example of shareware: If a person downloads an application for free and like it, and there's a better version that costs extra money, they will be likely to purchase it.

All Rights Reserved

All rights reserved allows the purchaser to use software according to the rules of the specified by the license agreement.

An example of all rights reserved: A man buys software from Microsoft. As long as he complies with the rules in the license agreement, he can use it and share it with his family.

Open Source

An open source is software that includes the source code with the idea that someone could improve it.

Example of an open source: Bob get some open source software, but he notices some flaws with the program. Good thing Bob downloaded an open source, so now he can improve the program!

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