Co-pilot lawyers are investigating claims against other AI companies

lawyers who submitted Copilot GitHub suit They say they receive letters every day from creators concerned about how AI companies are using their work, according to the lead attorney. Matthew Patrick.

The New Stack asked if the lawyers plan to add more names to the lawsuit against her githubAnd the Microsoft (as owner of GitHub) and Open AI To use open source code from github for training OpenAI Codecswhich runs Copilot, a code generation tool for programmers.

“We are investigating all of these allegations,” Patrick told The New Stack via email last week. “It is appalling that AI investors and companies, in their pursuit of profit, are already settling on a strategy for large-scale intellectual property infringement. It will not work. There will be plenty of cases challenging these practices.”

OpenAI Codex plans to serve its Codex models through an API, and maintains a Private beta waiting list For companies that want to create other offerings on top of the tool. there is more AI based achievement toolsincluding AWS’ Code Whisperer, which Note the instructions that “ML models are trained on various data sources, including Amazon and open source code.” Amazon did not return an email inquiry about Code Whisperer. Similarly, Visual Studio’s AI-assisted development tool, Visual Studio IntelliCode, provides recommendations “Based on thousands of open source projects on GitHub each with over 100 stars.”

We asked Patrick – also a programmer – if there is a way to train AI without violating the open source license.

“Sure – read the license and do what it says!” Patrick mentioned. AI companies can do this — they’d rather not do it, because it reduces their profit margins. More broadly, AI companies will need to include creators in the process to make it fair.”

that OpenAI blog post Identifies other AI-based offerings not named in the lawsuit but that make use of the OpenAI Codex:

  • pajamas Codex is used to convert Figma designs to different front-end frameworks, matching coding style and developer preferences. “Codex Pygma enables developers to instantly perform tasks that previously would have taken hours,” OpenAI wrote in their March 4 blog post.
  • re Codex is used to “describe in simple language what a selection of code does so everyone can get a good explanation and learning tools”, including allowing users to highlight code selections and get an explanation of their functionality. I also recently started offering code completion An AI service called Ghostwriter, which it states uses “large language models trained on publicly available code and tuned by Replit.” It is not clear if Ghost Writer uses OpenAI Codex,
  • Warp Codex is used to allow users to run a natural language command to search directly from within the terminal for a terminal command.
  • Machinewhich helps professional Java developers write quality code using Codex to create intelligent unit test templates.

The evolution of music streaming

He compared the lawsuit, filed on Thursday, November 3, to music streaming services.

With the flow of music, we started with Napster, which was blatantly illegaland then evolved toward licensed services like Spotify and Apple Music.” “This evolution will happen with AI systems as well.”

We also asked if Copilot is saved if it violates the open source license by training on Github code.

“It’s up to the defendants,” Patrick said. “But we need to be more concerned about gross infringement of creators’ rights than ‘bailing out’ some rich company’s AI product. copilot It is a parasite and an existential threat to open source. Despite Microsoft’s longstanding competitive hostility toward open source, we probably shouldn’t be surprised.”

Patrick reactivated his California Bar membership in June to join the class action litigants Joseph SaveryAnd the Cadio ZerpoliAnd the Travis Manfredi In the Joseph Savery Law Firm in the federal lawsuit. The 52-page complaintIn addition to Supplement And the Showwas put online by the attorneys and mentions two anonymous plaintiffs, one from California and one from Illinois.

What Patrick wants developers to know

Patrick wanted the developers to know that litigants were interested in hearing from “all open source stakeholders.”

“Everyone working on this issue is optimistic about the future of AI. But AI must be fair and ethical for everyone.” “The co-pilot is not.”

There is a possibility that some open source stakeholders will disagree with this view of what is fair play in open source – or any code. for example, Florin Boba front-end developer, was asked recently Twitter whether copying the code is okay. The majority of those who responded made the moral distinction, saying that it’s okay as long as developers use the code to see how the code works, rather than just cutting and pasting the code. Others felt that licensing was still important to consider when copying code.

Remy Sanchez (@tweet) in Madrid, Spain, CTO of the digital company withHe tweeted specifically about the US legal action.

“This Copilot lawsuit is meaningless in my opinion,” Sanchez stated in a tweet. “Code doesn’t have much value by itself. Good code is as boring as it can be. What matters is the execution and the purpose of what you do.”

In the end, what matters may be up to a jury, not the developers, to decide.

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