Microsoft sued over GitHub AI Licensing dispute

Microsoft has been sued in what is being seen as a test case for AI software.

Vole¬†announced GitHub Copilot’s general availability a few months ago at $10/month, but it was slamed for using the code written by other people without their permission, now a class action is shaping up to be a test case for AI software generally.

The lawsuit has been initiated by Matthew Butterick, who is a programmer, author, and lawyer. He is being represented by the Joseph Saveri Law Firm from California. Together, they are claiming that Microsoft is engaging in open-source software piracy by using billions of lines of code written by millions of programmers under various licenses including MIT, GPL, and Apache. The defendants named in the lawsuit are GitHub, Microsoft, and its technology partner OpenAI.

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