openai-threatens-authorized-motion-towards-the-developer-of-a-free-gpt4-powered-chatbot-for-sneaking-previous-its-paywall

The proprietor of GPT4free, a free GPT4 AI chatbot, could possibly be in some authorized scorching water as OpenAI has threatened to take him to courtroom. Why’s that, you surprise? As a result of his chatbot enables you to use ChatGPT4 with out paying for it. 

GPT4free circumvents ChatGPT4’s $20-a-month paywall by pulling queries from websites that use ChatGPT4’s API, like Quora and You.com. It piggybacks solutions from websites that pay to make use of the API licenses. 

Developer Xtekky instructed Tom’s {Hardware} that OpenAI despatched him a letter demanding he take down his Github undertaking in 5 days or face authorized penalties. Nevertheless, the developer does not suppose he is chargeable for what others do with scripts from his GitHub repo. Moreover, he stated OpenAI should not go after him since he is not connecting on to ChatGPT4’s API. His scripts simply question the websites that do, and OpenAI ought to contact these websites as a substitute of focusing on him.

“OpenAI may additionally attain out to the websites and warn/notify them and in collaboration come to me and do a takedown, however it appears that evidently this solely comes from OpenAI, and so they mainly declare that I’m instantly attacking them,” Xtekky stated.

As Tom’s {Hardware} factors out, each time you run a question on GPT4free, the websites that pay for an API license from OpenAI are primarily doing the work without spending a dime, lacking out on potential advert income from you visiting the positioning.

“One may obtain the identical simply opening tabs of the websites. I can open tabs of Phind, You, and so on. on my browser and spam requests,” Xtekky stated. “My repo simply does it in an easier manner.” He says he has eliminated scripts that use the websites phind.com, ora.sh, and writesonic.com at their request. 

“I consider they [OpenAI] contacted me earlier than to stress me into deleting the repo myself,” stated Xtekky. “However the proper manner ought to be an precise official DMCA, by way of GitHub.”

Xtekky additionally stated that since his code has already unfold throughout the web, deletion of his Github repo could be “insignificant.” He plans to maneuver his chatbot to a unique area and rebrand it as “gf4.” The Github for GPT4free remains to be up and working for now.