The first political victory for open source?

A ZDNet BLOG article by Dana Blankenhorn talks about the WIPO development agenda.

The agreement sets the stage for June negotiations that will consider a proposed treaty on access to knowledge, which Love says would be a radical departure "from WIPO's longstanding efforts to focus largely on expanding the scope and enforcement of intellectual property rights."

Love gives credit all around, but I don't think it would have been possible save for two facts:

1. Open source has proven a business model exists that lets customers own software.
2. Apple has shown that in demanding DRM publishers lose control of their own distribution channels.

In other words we weren't being nice to foreigners. We're finally admitting that copyright absolutism doesn't work. And that's a very important story.