The bill, focusing on publisher’s copyright, stated: “No Federal agency may, in connection with a funding agreement…impose or cause the imposition of any term or condition that requires the transfer or license to or for a Federal agency any right provided under [copyright law].”
Archive for September, 2008
The Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property heard testimony Thursday from Nobel Prize winners, open-access advocates, publishers of scholarly content and copyright lawyers regarding the pros and cons of the NIH Publc Access Mandate. A bill was presented that would curtail the National Institutes of Health’s public-access policy.
The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property scheduled a hearing to address the copyright policy implications of the NIH Public Access Policy. The hearing will be this Thursday, September 11 at 1pm Eastern and can be viewed online.
Several members of the UCLA community including the Director of Research, the Director of Office of Intellectual Property Administration, and the University Librarian today sent letters to the California delegation in support of the NIH Public Access Policy to make published research funded by NIH openly accessible after 6 months.
Submit comments to your representative or the chair of the Judiciary Committee.
For more background on the issue, see the Library Journal article “NIH Public Access Policy To Face Copyright Challenge in Congress?”
A recent Wired article “Open Source Textbooks Challenge a Paradigm” focuses on a new way to publish textbooks, study guides and other course materials. FlatWoldKnowledge offers the content of textbooks openly available on the web at no cost, helping students who worry about high price textbooks. This new publishing model makes a profit when students buy print copies and study guides.