Closed source

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Closed source (also known as proprietary software) is a way to licence software. It is the opposite of open source. This type of software usually forbids:

  • Examining the source code (computer code)
  • Modifying the program
  • Redistributing the program

A closed source license may place arbitrary restrictions on the program, including DRM, copy prevention, and planned obsolescence. Users are not in control of this type of software.

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