abandonware

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abandonware

Software that is no longer sold commercially or supported. The initial use of the term was for games that ran on obsolete hardware in the late 1990s, but all types of software may fall into this category. Although there are websites that provide links and downloads of abandonware, the software often remains copyrighted under international law. Proponents feel that abandonware distribution is not piracy because it would simply not be used otherwise, and no one is losing money as a result. For a list of abandonware sites, visit www.abandonwarering.com. See wares.
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