Abandonwares are forbidden, as stated above. Although there are few or no cases supporting the prosecution of the users and gamers of Abandonware titles, it may still be difficult to bring the offenders to justice.
Before bringing legal action, a warning letter (pre-action notice) is typically provided to alleged copyright violators. As a result, the Abandonware website will take it down.
Others would keep hosting this software, hiding behind gaps in international law by doing so in nations with lax copyright enforcement laws and laws against piracy, among other things.
It will be a different situation if software makers offer it for free. In this case, downloading, using, or playing Abandonware won’t be against the law.
They are categorized as software that is distributed under the terms of the General Public License or the Creative Commons, as applicable. On updated or modified versions of the software, the creators might still be able to enforce copyrights.
The goodwill of developers could also be to blame for the lack of copyright prosecutions. Even though there are plenty of resources to seek legal action, they would rather ignore the apparent illicit use of titles.
Most likely, to divert attention away from an unnecessary legal matter. particularly to books they no longer find interesting.
Consequently, legal actions on Abandonware may never enter the confines of a courtroom, provided that pre-action notices or warning letters are complied with.