back to article With OpenAI GPT Store imminent, apps are already being ripped off by copycats

OpenAI's GPT Store, expected to launch Wednesday – has been hyped as a replay of the Apple App Store gold rush of 2008. In one respect it has already recaptured that heady period: Before the AI lab's souk has even opened its doors or clarified financial terms, developers have raised the alarm about copycat apps. What is the …

  1. Steven Raith

    My word.

    "On Tuesday, Rebecca Nagel, VP of AI for B2B publisher 1105 Media, reported that her GPT app, Copy Edit Pro, had been copied without authorization, twice."

    Unrelated, entirely unironic link

    1. ChoHag Silver badge

      Re: My word.

      Users of mass copyright infringement engine are concerned that the copyright on their works produced using it may have been infringed?

      I shall try to find my violin.

      1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

        Re: My word.

        "I shall try to find my violin."

        I have a microscope you can borrow.

      2. Snake Silver badge

        Re: mass copyright infringement engine

        It's more the constantly unending naivete of, well, supporters of textbook libertarian ideals that everyone will act properly in the glossy world of the "free" and unregulated future.

        You know, nobody steal in a world without laws, right??

    2. MOH

      Leopards eating faces

      "I never thought AI would rip off _my_ content, sobs woman who voted for the AI-ripping-off-peoples-content party"

      1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

        Re: Leopards eating faces

        Now, now. This is someone whose AI-related work is being ripped off by other people. Completely different situation.

        (Also, on a more serious note, according to TFA she raised this concern after a trial attempt, not after putting up something she'd sunk a lot of resources into. So I give her credit for that.)

    3. m4r35n357 Bronze badge

      Re: My word.


    4. CatWithChainsaw

      Re: My word.

      If she didn't want it copied so other people could use it she shouldn't have put it on the Internet obviously! How dare she feel entitled to compensation, information just wants to be freeeee

  2. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Who Dares Win Wins

    The private sector is developing important, innovative technologies at such a rate that “industry and government are now — if not co-equal — near-peer partners in national security,” said Klon Kitchen, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. The government is realizing and reconciling itself to the fact that it is no longer the only national security stakeholder.

    “Industry is … now a center of gravity for foreign policy and national security,” he said.

    “And so what’s happening right now is the renegotiation of a social contract between government and industry and what is now a shared burden in a way that has previously never been shared before,” with AI the “quintessential example” of that shift, he said. ....

    Those three paragraphs copied from elsewhere advise one and all of the fallout from the opening of Pandora's AI Box and the free falls governments are in as they start to realise and accept ....or not as the case may be in the saddest and maddest of cases ..... they now play second fiddle to a new Mars and Minerva breed of Revolutionary Renegade and Rogue AI and SMARTR Non-State ACTioner and Virtual ACTor in Global Command Head Quarters Control of Future Brave Hearts and Sterling Stirling Engined Open Minds.

    And if the truth be told, even as temperatures rise in relation to the vast novel possibilities available for solution of difficult problems that exist in association with innovative quantum leaping technologies vitally important for the development of private sectors, really, you ain't seen nothing yet

    And Thomas [Claburn], Hi, ..... that subheading to the Registered tale ..... Low-code gubbins may not be able to count on much platform protection ....... could equally as well have informed all of otherworldly developments whenever written as ..... Low-code governments may not be able to count on much platform protection ....... for it certainly is to be expected that they suffer more than most for their serial generational failures to generously freely administer what the private sector provides with systems creating profits [extra money for nothing] from.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Who Dares Win Wins

      American Enterprise Institute, corporate lickspittle

    2. logicalextreme

      Re: Who Dares Win Wins

      I got to word 62 (I think) of the post proper, "Revolutionary", before realising this was an amanfromMars 1 post.

      Happy new year to you, friend

      1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

        Re: Who Dares Win Wins in Happy New Years

        I got to word 62 (I think) of the post proper, "Revolutionary", before realising this was an amanfromMars 1 post. ..... logicalextreme

        :-) And what did you think upon that realisation, logicalextreme? Was it surprising and/or disturbing? Did it amuse you? :-)

        Methinks in reality though, both practical and virtual, one does best to accept that as stealthy progress having been made ..... by more than just the both of us.

        Happy New Year, logicalextreme and El Regers. It is certainly guaranteed to be an unusually novel, and therefore serially disruptive one whenever either competition or opposition is realised to be one of those unknown unknowns systems administrations have been well warned about to be gravely regarded if one fights against it rather than aiding and abetting it. Make your choice, decide your fate and future destiny.

        “Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know.” ….. “There’s another way to phrase that and that is that the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence. It is basically saying the same thing in a different way. Simply because you do not have evidence that something does exist does not mean that you have evidence that it doesn’t exist.” ..... Donald Rumsfeld

  3. fxkeh

    AI to the rescue!

    Maybe they can use AI to stop the AI being ripped off?

  4. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "Hopefully this can be partially fixed"

    Wow. What confidence in the system.

    They're not clamoring for a fix, they're barely hoping a band-aid might be available.

    And this is supposed to be the next best greatest thing for developers.

    I'm not sure I'm impressed.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: "Hopefully this can be partially fixed"

      "I'm not sure I'm impressed."

      I am *absolutely* sure you are *NOT* impressed !!!

      I know I am not !!!


      I found *my* violin .... just need to learn how to play it .... don't hold your breath while waiting. !!!

      Something seriously wrong with some peoples 'Moral compass' when you create something by 'ripping off' content then complain when your tactic is used against you !!!


  5. Zippy´s Sausage Factory

    I'm just here to watch the lawsuits.

    Excuse me, I must go. That ping means my popcorn's ready.

  6. Plest Silver badge

    Don't even have to rip anything off, there's a million and one copycat code samples on how to write almost any AI enabled apps you like on practicallly every dev site you frequent. "Last Days of Rome" thing seems to spring to mind as the AI coding mass orgy is in full swing but pretty soon dawn will break and a million hungover headaches will commence accompanied by lots of genital itching!

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