Definition of abandonware in English:



  • [mass noun] Computer software that is no longer distributed or supported by the developer or copyright holder:

    ‘those who illegally distribute abandonware on the Web see themselves as archivists who are helping save old computer programs for posterity’
    • ‘In the case of Abandonware, if it can be proven that a company knew their products were being illegally distributed but did nothing about it then the copyright over that particular licence can be lost.’
    • ‘There are many warez sites which want to hide behind the cover of abandonware.’
    • ‘"There's basically no such thing as 'abandonware' and it's illegal to offer those games for download," he says.’
    • ‘Filling the ranks of Abandonware are classic games that everyone played, so companies made a mint off them, but weren't released for copyright-free distribution.’
    • ‘Everything has to be absolutely above-board, so emulators and even abandonware are out of the question, alas.’
    • ‘There are also open-source projects that have become "abandonware" due to loss of interest by the parties that started them, and no one yet picking up the torch.’
    • ‘A few examples are Abandonware, MP3 downloads, warez and their kind.’
    • ‘Living in the shadows of quasi-legality, abandonware, programs once commercially sold now absent from store shelves, are popular on the Net.’
    • ‘Many popular abandonware sites have subsequently been abandoned.’
    • ‘Some developers willingly release their older software titles into the public domain making them legally Abandonware but a large number of titles labelled as such are not technically free for public access.’
    • ‘Abandonware justifies itself by preserving gaming history in a 'living' way.’
    • ‘The creators of software have control over their creations by means of copyright and trademarks; users of warez and abandonware sidestep that control for their own ends.’