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Re: Help building Pen.el (GPT for emacs)

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Help building Pen.el (GPT for emacs)
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2021 21:14:23 -0400

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  > > That's not what happens with these services: they don't _copy_ code
  > > from other software (that won't work, because the probability of the
  > > variables being called by other names is 100%, and thus such code, if
  > > pasted into your program, will not compile).  What they do, they
  > > extract ideas and algorithms from those other places, and express them
  > > in terms of your variables and your data types.  So licenses are not
  > > relevant here.

  > According to online reviews chunks of code is copied even verbatim and
  > people find from where. Even if modified, it still requires licensing
  > compliance. 

>From what I have read, it seems that the behavior of copilot runs on a
spectrum from the first description to the second description.  I
expect that in many cases, nothing copyrightable has been copied, but
in some cases copilot does copy a substantial amount from a
copyrighted work.

Dr Richard Stallman (https://stallman.org)
Chief GNUisance of the GNU Project (https://gnu.org)
Founder, Free Software Foundation (https://fsf.org)
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