Such technicalities must be pointed out because, once again, †the research that H.R. 3699 covers is from not-for-profit entities including public universities and private nonprofit universities. †As the†University of Michigan publishing blog says, H.R. 3699′s emphasis on authorial intention stems from the for-profit sector of businesses and corporations whose research is “outside the realm of state control or support.”
Our Right to Open Access
Like SOPA, H.R. 3699 is legislation that, while seeking to protect publishers’ rights, threatens the public’s knowledge of research supported by its dollars.†Research by scientists studying cancer at the molecular level or conducting clinical trials on a drug treatment plays a crucial role in our lives.†A recent controversy about a†federal advisory board arguing against the publication of research on avian bird flu has set scientists against security advisers, with the latter saying that national security is at risk and the former emphasizing that blocking such access sets a chilling precedent of censorship.
Is it possible that knowing that one’s research will not be accessible to the public dissuade researchers from seeking federal funding and, accordingly, turning to the private sector, where the research that is funded has a specifically commercial focus?
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