The Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC), a non-profit that provides numerous services for open source software projects, has announced it will abandon GitHub and has invited others to follow in its footsteps.
At the heart of the problem is GitHub Copilot, an AI-powered coding assistant tool released recently by the firm.
Copilot is built on OpenAI’s Codex and its goal is to suggest code and functions to developers as they type. It is powered by natural language text and source code from publicly available sources, including code in public repositories on GitHub. And that’s exactly the problem, the SFC says: GitHub used open source code to build a commercial, proprietary product.