The Empire Strikes Back?

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers has introduced legislation to overturn the legislatively mandated open access publication of National Institutes of Health-supported biomedical research (i.e. taxpayer supported research).

The text of the introduced legislation currently states: "No Federal agency may, in connection with a funding agreement-- (A) impose or cause the imposition of any term or condition that--`(i) requires the transfer or license to or for a Federal agency of- `(I) any right provided under paragraph (3), (4) or (5) of section 106 in an extrinsic work; or..."

Peter Suber provides a sober analysis of this effort and makes the point very clearly that the current mandate does not in anyway violate publisher's copyright. This is certainly an interesting time, made all the more vivid by the extent of the economic stakes.

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