Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of American electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors, poses with a Tesla during a visit to Amsterdam on January 31, 2014.
Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of American electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors, poses with a Tesla during a visit to Amsterdam on January 31, 2014. - 

Elon Musk, founder of the electric car company Tesla, said today he's basically going open source.

He's going to let anyone who wants to, in good faith, use Tesla's patents in the hopes of getting more electric cars on the road faster.

As excited as he was back in the day by his first patent, now Musk says more often than not it's just an invitation to a lawsuit.

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