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OpenAI GPT Store Sparks Developer Concerns Over App Cloning

GPT Store faces pre-launch concerns: copycat fears, unclear revenue, & simple app protection. Developers anxious about plagiarism & want clearer financial terms.

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The impending launch of OpenAI's GPT Store has sparked significant concern among the developer community. Developers voice anxieties over the ease with which third-party contributions to the store can be duplicated. With no clear financial terms released yet, the potential for revenue sharing remains a prime topic of discourse.

Fears of Copycat Apps Surface Before Official Launch

The GPT Store, a marketplace for generative created by third-party developers, has been compared to the early days of Apple's App Store in terms of its prospective scale and opportunity. The venture, which OpenAI first hinted at in November at its developer conference, aims to facilitate a low-code development where creators can fashion AI chatbot applications known as GPTs. 

But even before its official opening, developers have identified instances of unauthorized replication of their work. Developer Rebecca Nagel, VP of AI for B2B publisher 1105 Media, reported her app ‘Copy Edit Pro' was replicated without permission, highlighting the challenges ahead for 's new venture.

The technology underlying the GPT Store involves instances of OpenAI's GPT-4 model, each tailored by third-party developers using custom prompts and fine-tuning data to perform specific tasks. The concern is that these custom chatbots, accessible only to ChatGPT Plus or Enterprise subscribers at present, might lack sufficient protection against imitation.

Addressing the Intellectual Property Challenge

According to postings in the OpenAI developer forum, the current system allows for a complete duplication of any GPT instance if it relies solely on custom prompts and uploaded fine-tuning files. There is a growing expectation for OpenAI to provide a remedy, especially with the official platform release imminent.

Developers point out that the real challenge lies in the simplicity of the GPTs' construction. Those that are easy to recreate offer little in the way of intellectual property protection, akin to basic JavaScript bookmarklets or command-line snippets. While OpenAI does offer an Assistants API, which enables the building of native apps and external to the OpenAI interface, the GPT Store itself does not currently support ‘takeout' options, where creations can be distributed independently.

Despite these concerns, there is optimism. Greg Gunn, co-founder and CEO of Commit, told The Register he has confidence in OpenAI's dedication and development velocity. His company, which is pioneering an AI-assisted job search app, views the GPT Store as a valuable customer acquisition channel and a testbed for new features, circumventing the need for substantial client app or backend restructuring.

As the GPT Store prepares for launch, questions about the financial terms for developers, and the future of app protection within the platform, linger. OpenAI has not yet responded to concerns publicly, leaving the community to await further updates. The launch promises a pivotal moment in AI application distribution, but one not without its share of challenges to overcome.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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