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I have a whole bunch of public git repositories online, licensed under MIT, and I'm wondering what options are there to restrict open source software use for AI model training with a commercial intent. I know that MIT license permits commercial use and doesn't include any statements about AI training specifically. Are there any modern licenses that do take this sort of thing into consideration? Can a separate notice file stating extra restrictions be as sufficient in legal terms? Do these type of legal restrictions actually hold up in court?

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    Such a license would not be an open source license, as defined by the OSI. Specifically, it would violate the 6th criteria, which states that an open-source license "must not restrict anyone from making use of the program in a specific field of endeavor". Whether or not such a pre-made and vetted license for this purpose exists is a valid question, it would not be considered an open source license. Commented May 2 at 14:56
  • A better place for this question would be Open Source.
    – Barmar
    Commented May 2 at 16:12
  • I think AI model training is too new for there to be any precedents set in court.
    – Barmar
    Commented May 2 at 16:13
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    @Barmar: As Thomas Owens stated right above you, such a license would not be open source, and so this would be off-topic on OpenSource.SE.
    – jwodder
    Commented May 2 at 23:43
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    Note that a large chunk of people think that AI training is (under US law) considered to be Fair Use, so under that framework it doesn't matter what license you (try) to use, they can train on it anyways. Commented May 3 at 15:56

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