But that story operates under the assumption that the module in question was “Azer’s code”. In reality, the code is technically owned by no one.
There is no “my” in open source
Nadia Eghbal

That’s a pretty big misunderstanding of how open source works. Azer owns the copyright to the code and decides to license it under terms he chooses. There’s absolutely no implied requirement in such licensing that Azer makes the source code continuously available in a specific location. npm could decide to hold on to it and continue distributing it if the license permits it to do so (and I certainly think that npm should do that).

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