Tesla’s patent give-away: Worthless junk, or freebie marketing to fill the gigafactory?

Late last week, Tesla surprised the world by giving away all its patents. Social media savvy as he is, Tesla chief Elon Musk adroitly painted it as a good-for-mankind move, and that “the world would all benefit from a common, rapidly-evolving technology platform.” A few days later, “open source cars” gets 56,300 hits on Google. Some killjoys think that putting Tesla’s patents in the public domain is as altruistic as giving oil lamps to China, freebie marketing to bring the wayward scale to Musk’s gigafactories. Some see it as a desperate move, as admission than an EV-only auto company is doomed.

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