So what can you do legally when you buy a program that has a copy protected disk that dies? When the company actively sold the software they usually offered you a new disk if you sent the old original in and paid a small fee. Once they abandon the software, go out of buisiness, get sold 5 times, etc what can you legally do?
BTW most abondonwear sites survive because the copyright holder is defunct, doesnt know they have the ownership (or doesnt care). The big companies still in buisness will tell you to remove the offending files or face prosecution (and actively look for people with sites that allow downloads of their software). Thats about the only thing different from abandonware sites and just plain ***** sites.