Harold Feld has an interesting piece for Ars Technica today. It is about a change in position by the US Trade Representative on intellectual property rights. What is so interesting about that? Feld explains that the change
… is the equivalent of The Pope saying: “in some cases, birth control is a good thing because it allows married couples to have sex without procreation, deepening their emotional bond with one another.”
And what is the change? For the first time, the USTR is not dancing to the tune of the US entertainment industry, the so called “IP rights maximalists”. The crushing defeat of ACTA in the European Parliament has changed the game.