Paste your Google Webmaster Tools verification code here

Home » post » The “Stop Open Access Act”

Our mission

Free Government Information (FGI) is a place for initiating dialogue and building consensus among the various players (libraries, government agencies, non-profit organizations, researchers, journalists, etc.) who have a stake in the preservation of and perpetual free access to government information. FGI promotes free government information through collaboration, education, advocacy and research.

The “Stop Open Access Act”

Peter Suber reports on H.R. 6845, which is officially called the “Fair Copyright in Research Works Act” but which Suber nicknames the “Stop Open Access Act” or the “Put Publishers First Act.”

Suber says that “the gist of the bill is to prohibit federal funding agencies from requiring grantees to transfer any rights or licenses to the government as a condition of funding…” and that “the bill would not only overturn the NIH policy, but block similar policies at every other federal agency.”

He also points out that the NIH policy does not amend the US copyright statute but the new bill would do so.

Suber’s article is thorough and includes lots of links to related materials including the bill and hearings.

CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Archives