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Doesn't this go both ways, though? NPM developed and maintains the software and servers used to publish and serve this author's packages, bringing the author fame, glory, and as the author is demonstrating, a serious megaphone, all at no cost to the author. If the author doesn't owe NPM anything, NPM shouldn't owe the author anything even for publishing these evidently valuable packages, right?



Taking it a bit further: npm is worthless without useful modules being published. So it stands to reason that module authors should be cautious because the company that runs it clearly won't push back.

I would say that sans a cease and desist, if not a court order, they shouldn't have done anything at all. Certainly shouldn't have turned over the name to them. Better missing and breaking builds then being controlled by someone with completely different intentions.




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