Super Mario Decompiled

Joseph Godfrey, Super Mario Decompiled, 12 Hastings Sci. & Tech. L.J. 1 (2020)

12 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2021

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Joseph Godfrey

Independent; University of Cambridge

Date Written: March 3, 2021

Abstract

Super Mario 64 was a video game released to critical acclaim in 1996. 24 years later, a group of dedicated fans reverse engineered the game and released reconstructed source code publicly on GitHub. Soon afterwards, an unofficial PC version of the game began circulating the internet. The decompilation project presents an opportunity to examine the legal status of reverse engineering under US Copyright law, and whether publicly releasing reverse engineered code is a fair use.

Keywords: fair use, software, reverse engineering, video games, modification

JEL Classification: K00, K11, O34

Suggested Citation

Godfrey, Joseph, Super Mario Decompiled (March 3, 2021). Joseph Godfrey, Super Mario Decompiled, 12 Hastings Sci. & Tech. L.J. 1 (2020), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3800415

Joseph Godfrey (Contact Author)

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University of Cambridge ( email )

Cambridge
United Kingdom

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