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H.R.801 Fair Copyright in Research Works Act, 111th Congress

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  • Latest Action: Mar 16, 2009 Referred to the Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy.

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  • Committee Assignment: House Committee on the Judiciary - Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet

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  • 3% of users support H.R.801

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    OpenCongress Bill Summary

    • 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.

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      Here's a summary from OpenCongress.org: 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.

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    • DigitalKoans

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    Highest Rated User Comments

    • On February 12, 2009, by zane - The academic publishing industry gets its content from people who are funded largely by the public, and then has those researchers do the peer reviews, and then charges the same researchers to read the papers, and often the institutions that are paying the journal subscription fees are also publicly funded! In this digital day and age there's no reason scientific publishing should be run that way. We should be implementing more open access requirements for publicly funded research (from NASA, NSF, NOAA, etc), not rolling back what little we've got. The Public Library of Science (PLoS) and the Alliance for Taxpayer Access are attempting to coordinate a campaign to get this bill defeated: http://is.gd/jiac

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      As noted by zane, a user on OpenCongress.org, on February 12, 2009, "The academic publishing industry gets its content from people who are funded largely by the public, and then has those researchers do the peer reviews, and then charges the same researchers to read the papers, and often the institutions that are paying the journal subscription fees are also publicly funded! In this digital day and age there's no reason scientific publishing should be run that way. We should be implementing more open access requirements for publicly funded research (from NASA, NSF, NOAA, etc), not rolling back what little we've got. The Public Library of Science (PLoS) and the Alliance for Taxpayer Access are attempting to coordinate a campaign to get this bill defeated: http://is.gd/jiac"
    • On April 13, 2009, by acedebase - A line has to be drawn between the what's good for the People and what's good for Person. Its time to acknowledge to the phrase "To promote the progress of science and useful arts" and not always give deference to the "securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries" of Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. Otherwise, we risk becoming a world of Corporations run by shareholders rather than "of the people, by the people, for the people".

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      As noted by acedebase, a user on OpenCongress.org, on April 13, 2009, "A line has to be drawn between the what's good for the People and what's good for Person. Its time to acknowledge to the phrase "To promote the progress of science and useful arts" and not always give deference to the "securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries" of Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. Otherwise, we risk becoming a world of Corporations run by shareholders rather than "of the people, by the people, for the people". "
    • On September 29, 2009, by brenadine - This is a horrible idea - we need to promote more open and public access for publically funded works. What we really need is a searchable database of federally funded and created work that is in the PD. We also need federal employees, managers and policy makers to recognize the importance of copyright education within the federal workforce and to help implement local policies and procedures to ensure the public has access to all available material not restricted for release.

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      As noted by brenadine, a user on OpenCongress.org, on September 29, 2009, "This is a horrible idea - we need to promote more open and public access for publically funded works. What we really need is a searchable database of federally funded and created work that is in the PD. We also need federal employees, managers and policy makers to recognize the importance of copyright education within the federal workforce and to help implement local policies and procedures to ensure the public has access to all available material not restricted for release. "

    Highly Rated Blog Articles

    • The US elections and open access (SPARC) - December 07, 2010 by SPARC - Full Feed - The news here is decidedly mixed. Issa was a co-sponsor of the original version of the Conyers bill (September 2008, 110th Congress, HR 6845), and a co-sponsor of its re-introduction in February 2009 (111th Congress, HR 801). ...

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      As noted by SPARC - Full Feed on December 07, 2010, "The news here is decidedly mixed. Issa was a co-sponsor of the original version of the Conyers bill (September 2008, 110th Congress, HR 6845), and a co-sponsor of its re-introduction in February 2009 (111th Congress, HR 801). ..." (http://www.arl.org/sparc/publications/articles/us-elections-oa.shtml)
    • Interview with Lawrence Lessig Re HR 801 – RAW – 3/3/09 | Chris ... - December 04, 2010 by Chris Van Hollen - By Noah Kunin, Senior Political Correspondent This the complete interview I conducted with Stanford Law Professor Lawrence Lessig on the opposition to HR 801 -

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      As noted by Chris Van Hollen on December 04, 2010, "By Noah Kunin, Senior Political Correspondent This the complete interview I conducted with Stanford Law Professor Lawrence Lessig on the opposition to HR 801 -" (http://www.chrisvanhollen.com/uncategorized/interview-with-lawrence-lessig-re-hr-801-raw-3309)
    • H.R.6415: Tax Relief Certainty Act - U.S. Congress - OpenCongress - November 16, 2010 by Open Congress : Top 20 Bills Most Written... - Opposing Bill, Opposing Senator, Opposing Representative. H.R.45 Blair Holt's Firearm ... 1 · H.R.955 H.R.955. 1 · H.R.801 Fair Copyright in Res... 1 · H.R.985 Free Flow of Informat. ...

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      As noted by Open Congress : Top 20 Bills Most Written... on November 16, 2010, "Opposing Bill, Opposing Senator, Opposing Representative. H.R.45 Blair Holt's Firearm ... 1 · H.R.955 H.R.955. 1 · H.R.801 Fair Copyright in Res... 1 · H.R.985 Free Flow of Informat. ..." (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h6415/show)

    Highly Rated News Articles

    • Open Access: The Time to Act is Now [Greg Laden's Blog] - February 10, 2009 by ScienceBlogs - ...consider the environment before printing this e-mail. On behalf of [your organization], I strongly urge you to oppose H.R. 801, "the Fair Copyright in Research Works Act," introduced to the House Judiciary Committee on February 3, 2009. This bill would

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      As noted by ScienceBlogs on February 10, 2009, "...consider the environment before printing this e-mail. On behalf of [your organization], I strongly urge you to oppose H.R. 801, "the Fair Copyright in Research Works Act," introduced to the House Judiciary Committee on February 3, 2009. This bill would " (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/ScienceblogsChannelEducation/~3/537492833/open_access_the_time_to_act_is.php)
    • Bill Banning NIH-Like Public Access is Reintroduced in Congress - February 03, 2009 by Library Journal, NY - Although the text of HR 801 has yet to be posted online, those who have seen it say it has much the same text as HR 6845, which was the subject of a ...

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      As noted by Library Journal, NY on February 03, 2009, "Although the text of HR 801 has yet to be posted online, those who have seen it say it has much the same text as HR 6845, which was the subject of a ..." (http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6634646.html?desc=topstory)
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