Source Code Stolen

Video game concept

At some point, someone illegally acquired the source code to these games.


The first video game about Source Code Stolen was released in 1983.

Atari, Color Dreams and Night Dive Studios has published most of these games

This can be devastating for a proprietary project. As the stolen code can be used to undermine the profit potential of the typical proprietary software business model and possibly be a costly and time consuming legal entanglement for the rightful owner to stop this illegal activity, many victims make the decision to orphan the work. Even in cases where they do not know the thief's intention to take action to undermine the profit potential. And even in cases where the thief's stated intention will not undermine the profit potential and may in fact increase profit potential (porting to other platforms and offering the improved derivative code to the rightful owner of the original work, for instance).

Note, only a creditable accusation need be publicly stated for this tag to apply. Any legal proceedings, or lack thereof, that prove or disprove theft are irrelevant. The statement of the accusation implies the creator will be choosing actions as if the theft is factual. Also, if source is accidently released to the public, actions will be taken as if theft has occured.

US copyright law, the DMCA, rights granted to 3rd parties, and accuasations of theft, can sometimes interact in such a way that ligitement rights to source code are invalidated for all parties. That is to say, no one, not even the copyright holder can't legally use the code. Such is the case with System Shock 2.

Parent group

Source Code Concepts

Child group

Dark Engine


Atari 7800 4
Windows 2
Linux 2
Dreamcast 1
Arcade 1
Mac OS Classic 1
Mac OS X 1
Neo-Geo 1
Atari 2600 1

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