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public domain (PD)

Public domain (PD) software is free software that is released for public distribution at no cost.

Public domain software can be software that has no copyright or whose copyright has expired. The developers of public domain software forego royalties, but the rights and source code remain the property of the authors. However, some public domain software comes with the source code.

Concepts for free software

Concepts for free software

Public domain software is distributed via electronic media as well as via compact discs and DVDs that accompany print media. The difference between public domain software and shareware is that shareware is first delivered in a reduced version only and as soon as the user gets the full version, the shareware author gets licenses.

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Englisch: public domain - PD
Updated at: 19.02.2019
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