Heather Joseph: Q&A

An open access advocate discusses why she feels that overturning an NIH policy would be a big mistake

Elie Dolgin
Feb 8, 2009
Last week, the Fair Copyright in Research Works Act (HR 801) -- a bill that would ban public access policies similar to the NIH's mandate for all taxpayer-funded
works to be made freely available within a year of publication -- was reintroduced into Congress. The bill's near-identical precursor, HR 6845, was shelved last year after publishers squared off against public access proponents at a subcommittee hearing in September.One of the hearing's four witnesses was linkurl:Heather Joseph,;http://www.arl.org/sparc/about/staff/joseph.shtml executive director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), who criticized the bill's negative impact on public access to biomedical information. Joseph spoke with __The Scientist__ today (Feb. 9) about why she continues to oppose the bill, which effectively tweaks the definition of copyright to shift the ownership of scholarly works to publishers instead of authors.__**TS**__: What was your reaction to the bill's reintroduction?__**HJ**__: It was disappointing...




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