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Why Elon Musk Just Opened Tesla's Patents to His Biggest Rivals

Elon Musk at the Tesla's assembly plant in Fremont, California on July 10, 2013
Elon Musk at the Tesla's assembly plant in Fremont, California on July 10, 2013Photograph by Noah Berger/Bloomberg

Annoyed, frustrated and exasperated, Elon Musk has decided to give Tesla Motors’ patents away.

Well, “give away” might be too dramatic. But on Thursday, Musk did announce that Tesla will let other companies use its inventions under an open-source-inspired agenda at the company. Here’s how Musk put it in a blog post: ”Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.”