Which Open-Source license did Elon Musk choose for the Hyperloop?

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Surprisingly, I can find no mention of license/patent/rights in the Hyperloop Alpha PDF published by Musk in 2013. In a tweet, Musk stated:

I really hate patents unless critical to company survival. Will publish Hyperloop as open source.

I sent an email to [email protected] inquiring. I'll update this answer if I hear back.

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    I originally searched that PDF along with Google, Wikipedia etc. I just now searched again, but still found nothing. It seems pretty obvious that he does not have a profit motive - I believe he just wants the idea to benefit society. So I was curious which licence he felt was best for this sort of altruism.
    – John R
    Apr 18, 2015 at 2:14
  • Hi @Joe Germuska . Any response from your email?
    – John R
    May 3, 2015 at 21:50
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    Nothing as of yet. May 4, 2015 at 20:36

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