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28-year-old Programmer Breaks npm; Trademark Trolls Beat Open Source

Quartz has the details

11 missing lines of code can do a lot of damage in the spaghetti nightmare of repositories that is npm. But what's worse is npm (corp) siding with Kik in a trademark dispute.

 This one’s terrible. While I realize trademark owners are supposed to “defend their trademark” by issuing take downs to violators, open source repos are pretty damn low on the totem pole of “infringement.” Especially when the repo pre-exists the trademark. Kik (the company) are real assholes to pick on kik (the repo). And npm (the company) are cowards for handing over the name without a fight.

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