Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A program whose functionality is severely limited beyond that of shareware, often in the interest of its author having the crippleware user make a purchase of the uncrippled program.

Etymologies

cripple +‎ -ware (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Note that these aren't the rootkits that infect Windows PCs -- Sony's Mac crippleware comes from a different vendor called Suncomm.

    - Boing Boing

  • Firstly, though released under the Open Game License, Monsters of Myth has adopted a "crippleware" approach to Open Game Content.

    REVIEW: Monsters of Myth

  • Sounds like crippleware - I will stick with Linux thanks.

    Wired Top Stories

  • Media Rights Technology, a DRM crippleware vendor, has launched what may be the dumbest DMCA legal threat ever.

    Boing Boing

  • It's a bummer to consider a future in which broadcasts -- which we can all see and record -- are replaced with geo-locked, streaming crippleware netcasts.

    Boing Boing

  • The last time around, a Doom9 poster named Muslix64 broke the HD-DVD and Blu-Ray crippleware by capturing a 16-byte key.

    Boing Boing

  • There was piracy with shareware, so we removed features and went to crippleware.

    Takeaways from GDC2009: Tuesday morning: Indies

  • Bigpond Music doesn't work on a Mac, owing to the crippleware it attaches to its files to stop you sharing them with friends.

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • If the DRM is kept switched off for the first 4-6 years, there's an opportunity to lure people into accepting it -- to buy into devices, media, players, screens, storage and other components with HDMI crippleware within, but inactive.

    Boing Boing: May 21, 2006 - May 27, 2006 Archives

  • Under Europe's copyright directive, every EU nation has to pass laws that stop people from breaking DRM, but it also requires the states to hold DRM vendors to account when their crippleware infringes on legitimate consumer rights.

    Boing Boing: December 3, 2006 - December 9, 2006 Archives

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