Freeware is software that is provided gratis i.e. without cost, but without source or the freedoms like modification and redistributing those modifications.
If freeware is being actively distributed by its authors, do users have the right to reproduce and redistribute without changes? For example, do software download websites have the right to host/mirror freeware downloads, or is this done with permission from the authors (whether implicit or explicit)? If the author wishes to cease distribution, are they within their rights to ask redistributors to also cease?
By contrast, free/open licenses grant the irrevocable right to redistribution. Even non-free licenses like CC-BY-ND still allow redistribution, provided that no modifications or derivations are made. Without such a license, is redistribution still allowed?