Rascals are always sociable, and the chief sign that a man has any nobility in his character is the little pleasure he takes in others company. Arthur Schopenhauer

GitHub Copilot and open source laundering

GitHub’s Copilot is trained on software governed by these terms, and it fails to uphold them, and enables customers to accidentally fail to uphold these terms themselves. Some argue about the risks of a ‘copyleft surprise’, wherein someone incorporates a GPL licensed work into their product and is surprised to find that they are obligated to release their product under the terms of the GPL as well. Copilot institutionalizes this risk and any user who wishes to use it to develop non-free software would be well-advised not to do so, else they may find themselves legally liable to uphold these terms, perhaps ultimately being required to release their works under the terms of a license which is undesirable for their goals. GitHub Copilot and open source laundering