If Microsoft, Apple, and Google could do the same we would be moving ahead a lot faster in a better world.
I think it would take at least one, maybe two of the really big patent holders to just dump all of their patents into the open, and the whole thing would come crumbling down. It would devalue everybody else's patents and they'd be forced to do the same and come up with a better way of managing things.
They could be in the business of gutting unicorns with rusty knives, for all I care.
They still gave away their chance to keep a stranglehold on their market for ages and that's something that deserves praising, regardless of who does that and why.
Patents are already open. Anyone can read a patent and learn how something was done. That's the whole point of patents.
What Tesla is doing is essentially licensing their ideas for free after they realized that no one was going to buy them. I wouldn't be so quick to place them on a pedestal.
Yes, it's naive to assume this isn't to their (direct financial) benefit. They want the market for electric cars to take off because even a small market share of a big market is larger than a large market share of a small market. Plus PR. That doesn't mean this is a bad thing, but it's hardly a sacrifice.
The negativity on this move by Tesla that some are proliferating reminds me a lot of those who complain about what Bill & Melinda Gates do with their foundation. Get a grip people; this is a good thing. Elon does more good for the planet in a day than some do in a lifetime.
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