So, someone took my repl and published it as an npm package...
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programmeruser (613)

My question: Are they legally allowed to do this?
The packages in question:
https://www.npmjs.com/package/replblog
https://www.npmjs.com/package/replblog.js
The repl is attached below.
I believe it was @muchtek who published it.

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ANDREWVOSS (187)

Legally, they are allowed to do that unless you have a liscense on your code :(

programmeruser (613)

@ANDREWVOSS repls are by default licensed under the MIT license.

ANDREWVOSS (187)

@programmeruser Forgot about that. I'm not familiar with the MIT license

ANDREWVOSS (187)

@programmeruser just did some reading, turns out it's legal to redistribute MIT licensed code/programs as long as you include the original license and copyright info.

Baconman321 (1103)

@ANDREWVOSS @programmeruser

MIT does not protect against this.

Getting a valid copyright license would be the best way to do this, but now it might be too late (https://blogs.findlaw.com/law_and_life/2018/10/when-is-it-too-late-to-file-for-a-copyright-or-patent.html - maybe not tho).

Although: https://www.lesinskis.com/MIT-licence-community-hostile.html

oOF, that doesn't sound good (the last article link I posted).

ANDREWVOSS (187)

@programmeruser

Final update:

Both npm packages are under a different license, so they technically aren't legal. :D

sorry for all the pings

Baconman321 (1103)

@ANDREWVOSS How does that make it illegal?

Read this.

Basically, they can take a MIT licensed code and patent it themselves, and then sue you (IDK if that has changed).

ANDREWVOSS (187)

@Baconman321 nvm then. (clearly I had no idea what I was talking about) Sorry.