Publishers vs. Public AccessMarch 2, 2009 - by Donny Shaw
There is a bill in Congress right now, the Fair Copyright in Research Works Act (H.R. 801), that, if passed into law, would end the National Institute of Health’s public access policy and restrict similar policies for other taxpayer-funded research. The research team at the money-in-politics website, MAPLight.org, released an analysis today showing how campaign contributions relate to the bill’s support in the House.
MAPLight.org analyzed campaign contribution data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics and determined that the publishing industry gave an average of $5,150 to each of the bill’s five bill sponsors and an average of $2,506 to each of the other 34 non-sponsor members of the [Judiciary] Committee.