UC Law Science and Technology Journal


Joseph Godfrey


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.