So GitHub copilot… correct me if I’m wrong here: it was trained on open source (including GPLed & AGPLed code?) by *spit* Elon Musk’s OpenAI and now it regurgitates said code and this doesn’t violate the GPL/AGPL because…?


@aral : answer given on the website (well, partly):

GitHub Copilot is a code synthesizer, not a search engine: the vast majority of the code that it suggests is uniquely generated and has never been seen before. We found that about 0.1% of the time, the suggestion may contain some snippets that are verbatim from the training set. Many of these cases happen when you don’t provide sufficient context (in particular, when editing an empty file), or when there is a common, perhaps even universal, solution to the problem. We are building an origin tracker to help detect the rare instances of code that is repeated from the training set, to help you make good real-time decisions about GitHub Copilot’s suggestions.

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@talone Yeah, read that. It’s quite a hand wave.

But, hey, it’s par for the course. Of course they’re looking to enclose as much value as they can from the commons. It’s what they do.

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