Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Research Works Act - HR 3699 - Stealing From the Public Domain?

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Golan v. Holder last week, bills like the Research Works Act, which is designed to restrict access and limit sharing of scientific data, become more ominous.   More on the Research Works Act from Wikipedia here.   The full text below.

Congressman Darrell Issa and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney are co-sponsors.

Richard Poynder's take here and here. The American Association of Publishers is behind this apparently legislation.

1st Session
H. R. 3699
To ensure the continued publication and integrity of peer-reviewed research works by the private sector.
December 16, 2011
Mr. ISSA (for himself and Mrs. MALONEY) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

To ensure the continued publication and integrity of peer-reviewed research works by the private sector.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
This Act may be cited as the ‘Research Works Act’.
No Federal agency may adopt, implement, maintain, continue, or otherwise engage in any policy, program, or other activity that--
(1) causes, permits, or authorizes network dissemination of any private-sector research work without the prior consent of the publisher of such work; or
(2) requires that any actual or prospective author, or the employer of such an actual or prospective author, assent to network dissemination of a private-sector research work.
In this Act:
(1) AUTHOR- The term ‘author’ means a person who writes a private-sector research work. Such term does not include an officer or employee of the United States Government acting in the regular course of his or her duties.
(2) NETWORK DISSEMINATION- The term ‘network dissemination’ means distributing, making available, or otherwise offering or disseminating a private-sector research work through the Internet or by a closed, limited, or other digital or electronic network or arrangement.
(3) PRIVATE-SECTOR RESEARCH WORK- The term ‘private-sector research work’ means an article intended to be published in a scholarly or scientific publication, or any version of such an article, that is not a work of the United States Government (as defined in section 101 of title 17, United States Code), describing or interpreting research funded in whole or in part by a Federal agency and to which a commercial or nonprofit publisher has made or has entered into an arrangement to make a value-added contribution, including peer review or editing. Such term does not include progress reports or raw data outputs routinely required to be created for and submitted directly to a funding agency in the course of research.

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1 comment:

Vito Positano said...

Let me get this straight; If I publish online a new technique of some sort, no one can copy any part of it -- except the gov., of course because it's privileged -- without getting my permission first?

If so, why did I publish it online in the first place, to keep my property from becoming public? So silly, but Rightwingers and Rightwing Democrats are behind it, just as they were behind the US Patriot Act, SOPA, and PIPA.

And what is restriction in freedoms is Senator Lieberman pushing for now?