New York Times, IP Radicals

Has anyone else noticed that over the past month, the New York Times has run a series of articles suggesting that the current intellectual property system is broken?  This one
about the history of patents and innovation is the latest.  I
think IP protection has gotten way out of balance, to the detriment of
users and innovators, so I’m happy to see the Times’ coverage.  All of the articles are appropriately journalistic and accurate, to the Times’ usual
high standards.  It’s striking, though, how aggressive the paper
has suddenly become on the digital IP issue.  One suspects an
editorial decision, rather than conincidence.  Given the powerful
forces on the other side, it’s nice to have an influential and trusted
ally uncovering the truth about intellectual property.