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Tesla celebrates its open patent stance in the most obvious way possible

"OEMS: All Our Patent Are Belong to You," declares Tesla's new "patent wall."

Above: "OEMS: All Our Patent Are Belong to You," declares Tesla's new "patent wall."

Image Credit: Illustration by Eric Blattberg / VentureBeat

Tesla Motors’ headquarters used to boast a wall full of patents. Now it looks a bit different.

Tesla’s new art is an inversion of “All Your Base Are Belong To Us,” a classic Internet meme referencing the poorly translated grammar of 1989 video game Zero Wing.

A week ago, CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla would let companies infringe on its patents to “help clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles.” In a statement called “All Our Patent Are Belong To You,” he promised not to initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who wants to use Tesla’s technology “in good faith.” (Here’s what Tesla’s ‘good faith’ patent stance actually means.)