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Old 9th July 2007, 04:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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List of commercial games released as freeware - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 10th July 2007, 07:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yeah these are now considered Abandonware, you can find many here:
AbandonWare.Net : The Ultimate gaming Resource
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Old 10th July 2007, 11:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Sounds like a subject that would make a good rant... err I mean expose.
Abandonware: Keeping the games alive? Or murdering IP rights.. from a hopefully unbiased and totally neutral standpoint. (something I will have trouble being when it comes to this issue)

Heh, that reminds me, OMF 2097 ended up spawning a sequel a cpl years back Might have to get it and give it a go.
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Yeah these are now considered Abandonware, you can find many here:
AbandonWare.Net : The Ultimate gaming Resource
"Abandonware" is not official... technically they are still under copyright unless explicitly released by the owners.
The Wiki list (and Liberated Games ) only list those that are 100% legally free.
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Old 12th July 2007, 07:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
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sorry mate I thought Abandonware was all legally released to the public with the IP and License still owned by the company but the game as such not.
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I thought Abandonware was all legally released to the public
Not in Australia. Feel free to prove me wrong
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Abandonware has always been a bit of a gray area, the term isn't a very specific one. Apart from games that have been declared as freeware, it can also apply to games that are no longer commercially available and games that have no definable copyright owner due to the producers or publishers no longer being around.
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Yeah. Check out Home of the Underdogs for abandonware, there you'll find what they think is abandonware, but all isnt downloadable cause some are still in sales and others they just dont have the rights for.
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Well, my personal take on the matter is thus: If it cannot be legally purchased from the company that owns said copyrights any longer and is no longer officially supported, then really that company forfeits any real rights to the IP in question, save for the obvious trademarks and copyrights relating to the sue of characters/names/images etc. If you are dropping support and sale of a game, then its open season despite what laws may say. Better to be in violation of that than to let good games fade away into the ether I say.
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I think the only time a copyright owner would push the issue is if they were doing a re-release, eg Command & Conquer.

But then, you may have the anti-piracy group (what's their name? equivalent of RIAA/MPAA) acting off their own bat, "on behalf of" the legal owners.
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