After Elon Musk announced he was making all of Tesla's patents "open source," we reached out to Mark Cuban--he of the EFF's "Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents"--to posit a world without any patents at all. Cuban respected our mandate for brevity, and proved an exemplary content partner.
2paragraphs: You're famously against "stupid patents"--and one way to eliminate those is to unlock them all. Consider a world where everybody followed Tesla's lead and opened up their patents. The drug companies would obviously be deeply affected, but since execution--not secrets--is often the real key to business success, is it possible to envision a healthy business environment that's pretty much open in the patent area?
Mark Cuban: Yes.
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