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The collection of rights granted to the author of a piece of work (Book, song, movie, software, etc…)

Public Domain

A piece of work that is not subject to copyright because either the copyright expired, it was created using public money, or the the creator donated it.

For example, Shakespeare's work


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

For example, Skype has freeware


Work that you can copy, share, and use for free, but only for a limited time. You must pay for the full version.

For example, Winzip uses shareware

All Rights Reserved

Allows the purchaser to use specific software according to the rules specified by the license agreement. For example, Microsoft.

For example,

Open Source

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

For example,

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