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Proprietary Obsolescence

Other examples of proprietary malware

Nonfree (proprietary) software is very often malware (designed to mistreat the user). Nonfree software is controlled by its developers, which puts them in a position of power over the users; that is the basic injustice. The developers often exercise that power to the detriment of the users they ought to serve.

As in any human activity, informatics has an environmental impact. When the software is proprietary, it is even more harmful to the planet because it encourages the user to change devices when they are no longer updated, or to buy back other components when they are no longer supported, or to discard a defective one that, if it was free, would be repairable.

Here are examples of proprietary software designed to break the devices with which they are associated or to make them irreparable. Users cannot avoid this constraint and are forced to “upgrade” the material because they have no control over the software.

If you know of an example that ought to be in this page but isn't here, please write to <webmasters@gnu.org> to inform us. Please include the URL of a trustworthy reference or two to serve as specific substantiation.


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