A colloquial term used to describe software that the creating entity or company no longer supports or supplies. There is in some quarters a myth that no license is required to use abandonware—This is wrong and dangerous. The copyright owner still has the ability to enforce its rights in such software until the copyright term expires. Some licenses of commercial software likely to be “legacy software”, do provide that if it should become abandon ware (as defined by bright-line tests, such as failure to respond to maintenance requests), the licensee has a paid-up license to continue using it for the purposes for which it was supplied.

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