Author: Bhuvnesh Shukla, Student at Bennett University
Open-Source software is a software that is subject to the terms of the license that comes with it. Many people mistakenly believe that open-source software is the same as public domain software; nevertheless, open-source software is not in the public domain. A public domain software is one in which the creator has voluntarily relinquished all property rights, including copyrights, to the public. No license (i.e., permission to use) is required for the usage of public domain software because all property rights have been renounced. But there is a need for permission in Open Source and it is subject to IPR.