NIH Public Policy Hearing held on September 11, 2008

Heather Joseph, Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), testified in defense of the recently enacted National Institute for Health (NIH) Public Access Policy during a House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property hearing on September 11, 2008. The hearing was held in response to the recently introduced bill H.R. 6845, the “Fair Copyright in Research Works Act,” by Representative Conyers (D-MI), and co-sponsored by Feeney (R-FL), Issa (R-CA), and Wexler (D-FL).

In response to the bill, the American Library Association (ALA) joined SPARC and several other national and regional library, publishing, and advocacy organizations, to send a letter to the members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee expressing our long-standing and strong support for the NIH Open Access Policy. In addition, the letter addressed the misconception that the policy affects the rights of authors, specifically copyright. Included as an attachment to the letter was the SPARC-sponsored analysis that outlines why the NIH Public Access policy does not affect copyright law.

For additional information, and recent media coverage of the hearing, please visit SPARC’s website. Also, view the complete video webcast of the hearing on H.R. 6845, the “Fair Copyright in Research Works Act.”

About Jacob Roberts

Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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