|The point I was making is that the term "abandonware" does not come from software writers, just something invented by users. The term obsolete means it is outdated, not that it is legal to use without permission (unless stated as such). If the owner says it is free to copy and install then it's legal, otherwise it is ilegal (even if we think it ought not to be).|
I'm finding it hard to understand why you are having difficulty with this, despite many explanations, on two posts.
Consider this story:
Some 45 years ago all I could affort was an old car. Just the same it was my pride and joy - in good condition in most respects. Unfortunately it had a horrible great dent in the rear bumper. One night someone dumped a car of exactly the same model not far from my house. It had a perfect bumper and I had all the tools necessary to nip off with it. The darned car stayed there week after week, falling further apart and with various things being removed from it by others.
My morals were tempted - I almost started believing that I should be allowed to take the bumper. I phoned a cop shop "in another county" and chatted to them about this sort of situation (carefully not disclosing my name or location). In a very short time I was advised that if I was thinking of nicking something from an abandoned car "it was stealing" and if caught I could be done for comitting an ilegal act.
More weeks went by and further things "vanished" from the dumped car. One night the temptation became irresistable. It was after midnight when I donned dark clothing and went ahead and "did the job" (putting my old dented bumper on the abandoned car - nice gesture).
Now lets analyze this story. I stole something that didn't belong to me (although it seemed clear that it was unwanted by the owner). Nobody gave me permission to do so and, yes, that meant I committed an ilegal act and was a thief. However, I didn't try to kid myself that it was perfectly OK to do so, even if it might possibly have made me feel a little better about it.
Can you see where this analogy is taking us and how closely it matches this so-called "abandonware"? Whatever name you care to put to it makes no difference to the legalities of the situation. That cop was right, even though the owner of the dumped car probably didn't care less and I got away with it.
Hope the cops don't see this after all these years LOL, and that you now understand the situation.
Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks