Monday, March 26, 2012

FRPAA Gaining Bipartisan Support

This posting from SPARC shows the growing support for the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA), which would put into law the Open Access requirements set by the NIH.  This act was created in response failed attempt by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) (led by Elsevier) to legislate against such requirements.  What's impressive about this posting is the list of bipartisan legislators - Democrats and Republicans - who are getting behind this law.  While Ron Paul's name on this is not surprising (he does stick to his libertarian roots, despite his party affiliation), I am intrigued by the inclusion of Tom Cole (R-OK) and Bill Flores (R-TX).

While this bill does have an uphill battle, there is a bit of hope that at least the efforts to derail NIH and other similar requirements does not rear their ugly heads, at least for a while.

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