gives an idea why paid so much for Github. They were after data: Tons of food for their AI, millions of contributors that now 'work' for MS for free.
You publish your code under GPLv3, even AGPLv3? So what? The AI learns from your code and uses it to generate code that is possibly proprietary. Does forbid this practice? (I don't think so)

That's the M$ way to break copyright law.

It's time for alternatives like @codeberg .

@t0k I think you're right that they wanted the data, but I also think they wanted the potential customer base to sell into.

I don't understand what you mean by breaking copyright law, though. Plenty of the code on Github isn't owned by the people uploading it, and therefore they cannot give Microsoft any more rights to it than they would have had if Microsoft had just downloaded it from Github without needing to buy Github.


@freakazoid Circumventing copyright law is probably a better wording.

There's two somewhat independent things that nevertheless play together:
1) Microsoft got access to a enormous code base. Even though many repos on GH are public, accessing and indexing ALL of it as a third party is difficult (for example GH blocks your IP).

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