For hundreds of years, various Chinese dynasties prevented the dissemination of their sericultural secrets along the Silk Road by punishment of death. If anyone were caught smuggling a silkworm egg or cocoon or revealing any information about silk production, well, it would be off with their head. While axes have fallen out of fashion as the weapon of choice for protecting intellectual property, some might argue that they have been replaced by the equally controversial non-compete agreements (NCAs). Massachusetts is considering the adoption of policies to all but eliminate employee non-compete agreements (certain sales of a business are one exception), modeled after California legislation where courts have essentially refused to enforce them. While opinions are split, the winds of change may be blowing against covenants not to compete.