eevee (@eevee)
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github copilot has, by their own admission, been trained on mountains of gpl code, so i'm unclear on how it's not a form of laundering open source code into commercial works. the handwave of "it usually doesn't reproduce exact chunks" is not very satisfying
Dessalines
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Wow that is deeply messed up. Whatever code they generate, it will be nearly impossible to trace it back to the original code sources, whether its GPL protected or not.

Its pretty infuriating that its up to the creators to find these violations, and there’s no requirement for company’s to disclose their code to find those violations.

soronixa
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shouldn’t the co-pilot itself get licensed under GPL if it’s been trained on GPL code? and shouldn’t any code it helps to write get licensed under GPL?

@federico3
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Of course not. This is not how copyright law works.

soronixa
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shouldn’t it at least become public domain? :(

@Echedenyan
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Just create a license which adds a clausule setting that and ask some lawyer dedicated to it.

Just like the AGPL came with a clausule over the GPL for the server side.

@federico3
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copilot itself? Still no. Copyright applies to creative work made by humans. The copyright of copilot belongs to microsoft and that’s it.

@ajz
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