GitHub’s AI programming assistant Copilot uses the public code base for training, and automatically supplements the subsequent code according to the context such as function names when developers write code. Many times Copilot is supplemented by making copies of code snippets in the public codebase. This raises copyright related issues.Attorney Matthew Butterick announced this week a partnership with law firm Joseph SaveriInvestigate the possibility of filing a copyright claim against Copilot, including: whether GitHub used open source code to train Copilot for inappropriate behavior; whether it improperly recommended other people’s copyrighted works when supplementing the code.The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has previouslycallInvestigate licensing issues for code produced by GitHub Copilot.
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