News about the legitimacy of Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat Motor has spread to more people. The most popular comment made is that: if Andrea Rossi truly wants the vast majority to benefit from his E-Cat technology, he should release his secret so that people can help develop it without restrictions. In the software world, open source model worked successfully for Linux, Wikipedia, and Mozilla Firefox. These resources are free to use and people from all over the world volunteer their time and resources to improve these product without cost. Reprap and Makerbot are two more interesting open source projects involve 3D printing. Anybody who wants to build a 3D printer can download the designs for free. Active support communities are available to assist people who are undertaking the project. Through time, the collaborative effort of many has developed a new and improved model.
In this internet age, it is not surprising that people suggests this open source model to Andrea Rossi to help speed up the development of his E-Cat Motor technology. Apparently, Andrea Rossi has a different idea in mind. He believes that in the field of technology, maximum development can only be reached through maximum investment. We cannot expect someone to put in significant investment without exclusive rights to the technology. Rossi added that a thing owned by everybody is valued by nobody. This statement indicates that Andrea Rossi will sort of auction his technology to an investor with maximum financial capability to develop his technology. In return, he will give exclusive rights to the use of his technology.
Andrea Rossi’s stand is understandable and logical. If the E-Cat motor design and scientific framework becomes public, anyone with skills and resources can build E-Cat motor independently. In effect, he will be creating his own competitors.