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#1 11 years ago

Has anyone here heard of Abandonware or used it?




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#2 11 years ago

Green Special;3895151Has anyone here heard of Abandonware or used it?[/QUOTE]Sure. It's basically just outdated software. Don't confuse that with meaining it's legal to copy/distribute though.

Here's what Wiki has to say about it:

[QUOTE=Wikipedia]Abandonware refers to a form of computer software that is no longer current. While the term has largely referred to older games, other classes of software are sometimes described as such also. Definitions of "abandoned" vary; generally, it is used to refer to software that (1) is no longer available for legitimate purchase and/or (2) is at least a certain number of years old.

The term has no legal meaning, and much abandonware is not in the public domain, and so cannot be legally copied or distributed without the permission of the owner. Copyrights in the U.S. do not expire until 70 years after the death of the copyright owner, or if the copyright is held by a company (as is often the case with software), 95 years after first publication.

Software companies (like companies in many other industries) change their names, go bankrupt, merge with other companies or cease to be for a variety of reasons. When this happens, the rights of the products are usually transferred to some other company, who may or may not sell or support the software.

Use of the term abandonware is used to make copying software appear legitimate, in the case where the software is still under copyright protection. Some companies actively defend their old copyright, such as WordPerfect and LucasArts. Some companies have released their old work into the public domain. Most companies have not made an active statement either way.