Entries Matching: Open Access To Research

Video Interview: Kevin Donovan Explains OpenCourseWare



Kevin Donovan is an undergraduate student at Georgetown University, where he founded the Georgetown chapter of Students for Free Culture. In between studying for classes, writing for TechDirt and Twittering prolifically, Donovan somehow finds the time to stump for OpenCourseWare (OCW)--a burgeoning movement of students, educators and technologists who believe that university course materials should be made available freely and openly on the Internet. In this interview, Donovan explains the benefits of OpenCourseWare, discusses the history of the movement and describes the challenges that OCW faces. For more information on OpenCourseWare, check out FreeCulture.org and the OpenCourseWare Consortium.

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Ask your Representative to defend the NIH policy and oppose HR 801

The Alliance for Taxpayer Access has issued a call to action to defend the NIH policy against the Conyers bill.  Excerpt:

Last week, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee (Rep. John Conyers, D-MI) re-introduced a bill that would reverse the NIH Public Access Policy and make it impossible for other federal agencies to put similar policies into place. The legislation is H.R. 801: the “Fair Copyright in Research Works Act”.

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Copyright Alliance and AAP welcome re-introduction of anti-open access bill

Two publisher groups which supported the Conyers bill the last time around are supporting it again. No surprises here.

From the Statement of Patrick Ross, Executive Director of the Copyright Alliance, February 4, 2009:

The Copyright Alliance praises House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers for introducing HR-801, the Fair Copyright in Research Works Act....

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Anti-Open Access Bill a Real Head-Scratcher

While there is lots of legislation that Public Knowledge disagrees with, we can often see the rationale for it. Not so with H.R. 801, the Fair Copyright in Research Works Act, now introduced for the second Congress in a row by House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-MI), and co-sponsored by Reps. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Darryl Issa (R-CA) and Robert Wexler (D-FL). This bill would have the effect of overturning the "open access" to research policy of the National Institutes of Health, which requires that research funded by the agency to be made available for free in an online archive within 12 months of publication. The rationale for this policy is simple - if taxpayers are going to pay for research, taxpayers should get a return on their investment by getting free online access to that research.

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A Perfect Storm of Bad Copyright Legislation

Here at PK, we've been keeping our heads down the past few days, trying to fight against some really bad legislation. Once we finally get word of one, another one popped up. There are three in all (so far) are four (another was introduced during the writing of this post!!!) and we're going to need your help to put them away.

S. 3325, The Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008

First up is the Senate's version of the House's PRO-IP bill, S. 3325, “The Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008.” Rashmi's written a good breakdown of the differences between the bills, but that analysis may not hold up for long as we're hearing that, as you read this, a deal may have been made to nix the differences between the bills so a compromise can be passed with ease.

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