Programming giant GitHub announced that the Copilot coding tool will be made available to businesses.
Copilot was first announced in 2022 to students, personal users, and maintainers of open-source code projects. It is designed to make coding easier and more accessible using clever AI and some not so clever theft controversies.
Now, the Microsoft-owned service has been tweaked to deliver “flexible license management, organization-wide policy controls, and industry-leading privacy” to businesses at the cost of $19 per user per month.
Github Copilot – for businesses
This is an increase from the $10 per month charged for individual users, but could potentially be a small price to pay if GitHub’s claims of 55% faster coding, better worker focus, and faster testing come true.
“With Copilot for Business, we won’t retain code snippets, store or share your code regardless if the data is from public repositories, private repositories, non-GitHub repositories, or local files,” the company’s Shuyin Zhao explained in a Post (opens new tab) An announcement of the news.
The movement isn’t without controversy. A multi-billion dollar claim was made against GitHub in relation to its lack attribution and copyright infringement a month before the announcement about the business-focused plan.
The service uses billions lines of code that was written by human programmers to convert natural language into code. However it was discovered that the authors of the code were not being attributed. This led to 3.6 million violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, (DMCA) each rated at $2500 and totalling $9 billion.
The company appears to be dedicated to its Copilot product regardless, with a 2022 GitHub Universe event announcing plenty of exciting updates, including “Hey, GitHub!” voice commands that created a much-needed accessibility boost to the industry.