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This bill seeks to amend copyright code and create a new category of copyrighted works to the effect of reversing the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy. This would prohibit the government from requiring scholarly journals to make federally funded studies accessible to the public.
Proponents of the bill are largely limited to the American Association of Publishers and the bill’s sponsors, namely Rep. John Conyers
, who introduced it for the second time after its exact replica, H.R. 6845, died in the 110th Congress.
OpenCongress bill summaries are written by OpenCongress editors and are entirely independent of Congress and the federal government. For the summary provided by Congress itself, via the Congressional Research Service, see the "Official Summary" below.
2/3/2009--Introduced.Fair Copyright in Research Works Act - Prohibits any federal agency from imposing any condition, in connection with a funding agreement, that requires the transfer or license to or for a federal agency, or requires the absence or abandonment, of specified exclusive rig...Read the Rest
Organizations Supporting H.R.801
- American Chemical Society
- American Business Media
- American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists
- American Psychological Association
- American Physiological Association
- American Institute of Physics
- ...and 12 more.
Organizations Opposing H.R.801
- Special Libraries Association
- Scholarly Publising and Academic Resources Coalition
- Public Library of Science
- Public Knowledge
- Greater Western Library Alliance
- ...and 8 more.
See the money trail
behind this bill for more info on how campaign contributions may be influencing senators' and representatives' votes.