[A2k] New and bad bill to block open access for publicly funded research

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Fri Jan 6 09:07:51 PST 2012

SPARC sent a request to oppose a new and REALLY BAD bill:  the
Research Works Act (H.R.3699).

The bill is designed to roll back the NIH Public Access Policy and
block the development of similar policies at other federal agencies
has been introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives.
Co-sponsored by Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), it was
introduced on December 16, 2011, and referred to the Committee on
Oversight and Government Reform.

Essentially, the bill seeks to prohibit federal agencies from
conditioning their grants to require that articles reporting on
publicly funded research be made accessible to the public online.

The bill text is short and to the point. The main point reads:

"No Federal agency may adopt, implement, maintain, continue, or
otherwise engage in any policy, program, or other activity that -- (1)
causes, permits, or authorizes network dissemination of any
private-sector research work without the prior consent of the
publisher of such work; or (2) requires that any actual or prospective
author, or the employer of such an actual or prospective author,
assent to network dissemination of a private-sector research work."

Supporters of public access to the results of publicly funded research
need to speak out against this proposed legislation. Contact Congress
to express your opposition today, or as soon as possible.

For contact information and details,  see the Alliance for Taxpayer
Access Action Center at: http://www.taxpayeraccess.org/action.

CONTACT: Stacie Lemick
stacie at arl.org

Manon Anne Ress
Knowledge Ecology International
1621 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20009 USA
manon.ress at keionline.org

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