08 Jan '12, 3pm

Open Access Under Threat: HR 3699: "Since that public research has thereby been transformed into "private resear...

In the growing battles about online piracy and who can have free access to what, SOPA, the Stop Only Privacy Act , was just the start. Another legislative bill, H.R. 3699, the Research Works Act — sponsored by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Committee member Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY – endangers our access to federally-funded research. In 2008, the National Institutes of Health made all federally-funded research publications openly accessible . But H.R. 3699 would deal a huge blow to “public access mandates and the development of repositories for publicly funded research,” as the University of Michigan publishing blog notes. The bill attempts to define “private-sector research work” based on the “intent” of an author, rather than on who is funding their research, the public or private sector. H.R. 3699 is support...

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