The legal mess that is Star Control saw some change, one that has seen Star Control: Origins at least temporarily being removed from sale.
Back in December 2017, Stardock and Brad Wardell kicked this whole hornet’s nest by filing suit against Paul Reiche III and Fred Ford over Ghosts of the Precursors. Stardock/Wardell claimed that they owned the rights to Star Control, that Reiche and Ford were infringing on Stardock’s trademark, and that Reiche and Ford weren’t even the “creators” of Star Control.
In February 2018, in response to Stardock’s suit, Reiche and Ford filed suit against Stardock. Reiche and Ford claimed that Stardock had infringed upon their copyright, and they wanted Stardock’s trademark revoked.
Anyway, the latest development is that a judge denied Stardock’s attempt to block Ford and Reiche from sending DMCA take down notices against Star Control: Origins. Which Ford and Reiche have done, resulting in Origins being removed from both Steam and GOG. (DLCs are still being sold, but the base game has been removed.)
EDIT: A quick Google search will find plenty of news reports about the DMCA.
Leonard French has posted a video looking at the denied injunction on his YouTube channel.