The fate of whether the results of government-funded research should be freely available to the public is part of what's on the table as members of the US Congress meet to finalize the health and human services appropriations bill, reports the Washington Post. Proponents of the bill say that the public shouldn't have to pay for the research twice — first through taxes and then to the publisher. Opponents argue that open-access is experimental, will raise copyright issues, and will diminish profits. According to the Post, both the Senate and House committee chairs favor this change, though President Bush has threatened to veto the bill for budgetary reasons.
Open Access and the US Legislature
Nov 01, 2007