08 Jan '12, 9pm

Please sign the petition to support the Open Access Movement and Stop HR 3699 via @Care2

In the growing battles about online piracy and who can have free access to what, SOPA, the Stop Online 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 suppo...

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