Why nobody will use the Tesla patents, ever.

Elon Musk makes huge waves by saying that anyone can use Tesla’s technology patents. Specifically, ‘Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.’
Note that weasel phrase, ‘in good faith’. No lawyer would ever let any company build a product using a Tesla patent on the basis of that statement. Just. Too. Dangerous.
When Cern and Tim Berners Lee decided not to claim any ownership of the Web technology he had recently created, Cern formally put it all in the public domain.

On 30 April 1993 CERN put the World Wide Web software in the public domain. CERN made the next release available with an open licence, as a more sure way to maximise its dissemination. Through these actions, making the software required to run a web server freely available, along with a basic browser and a library of code, the web was allowed to flourish.

I believe that was one of the most incredible and far reaching decisions ever made.
So let’s see if Tesla formally put their patents in the public domain. If they don’t, this means nothing.

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