freeware definition legalSoftware
, often written by enthusiasts and distributed at no charge by users' groups, or via the World-Wide Web
, electronic mail
, bulletin boards
, or other electronic media.
At one time, "freeware" was a trademark of Andrew Fluegelman
. It wasn't enforced after his death.
"Freeware" should not be confused with "free software
" (roughly, software with unrestricted redistribution) or "shareware
" (software distributed without charge for which users can pay voluntarily).
Jim Knopf's story (http://freewarehof.org/sstory.html).