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Open Access Publication of Scientific Research - FY 2005 Appropriations

Dear Representatives Regula and Obey, Senators Specter and Harkin and Dr. Zerhouni:
Our organizations are volunteer and nonprofit HIV/AIDS treatment, vaccine, and prevention advocacy groups with a long history of community participation in all aspects of government and privately sponsored research to fight the AIDS pandemic. In that capacity, we support at July 16, 2004 House Appropriations Committee recommendation that NIH develop a policy requiring a complete electronic text of any manuscript reporting work funded by NIH grants or contracts be supplied to the National Library of Medicine's PubMed Central. (The specifics of that policy have yet to be announced or commented on publicly.) Furthermore, we support greater efforts to increase open access to medical research/scientific publications, especially for those studies or reviews funded by taxpayer dollars. We understand the House Committee calls on NIH to report by December 1, 2004 on how it intends to implement a policy.

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Letter to Orrin Hatch re: S. 2560, Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act of 2004 (Jul. 6, 2004)

Letter from interested organizations requesting that United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary hold hearings on S. 2560, the "Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act of 2004" before taking action.

pdf lt-hatch-leahy-induceact-06jul04.pdf

 
 

Letter to Porter J. Goss and James Sensenbrenner re: H.R. 3179, the “AntiTerrorism Intelligence Tools Improvement Act of 2003” (Jun. 15, 2004)

Letter from interested organizations advising that consideration of H.R. 3179, should be postponed until Congress has conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the Patriot Act authorities.

pdf lt-goss-sensenbrenner-hr3179-15jun04.pdf

 
 

Letter to Robert F. Bennett re: FY 2005 funding request for the National Agricultural Library (NAL) (Jun. 1, 2004)

Letter from library associations in support of the FY 2005 funding request of $23.3 million for the National Agricultural Library (NAL).

pdf nal-jnt-lt-01jun04.pdf

 
 

Joint Letter in Support of LC FY2004 Budget Request (Apr. 22, 2003)

Library association letter in support of the FY2004 budget request of the Library of Congress.

pdf lt-loc-house-04budget.pdf

 
 

Letter to Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. and W.J. Tauzin re: H.R. 3261, "Database and Collections of Information Misappropriation Act" (Jan. 15, 2004)

Letter expressing opposition to the H.R. 3261, entitled "Database and Collections of Information Misappropriation Act."

pdf dbcoalitionletter011504.pdf

 
 

Letter to Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. and W.J. "Billy" Tauzin re: "Database and Collections of Information Misappropriation Act" Discussion Draft (Sept. 8, 2003)

Letter from the Net Coalition regarding the "Database and Collections of Information Misappropriation Act" ("Discussion Draft" or "Draft"), specifically several provisions that would be unnecessarily punitive to the Internet community but would exceed other similar federal statutes.

pdf lt-netcoalition-databases-08sep03.pdf

 
 

Letter to Sam Brownback re: Consumers, Schools and Libraries Digital Rights Management Awareness Act of 2003 (Sept. 24, 2003)

Library association letter endorsing the "Consumers, Schools and Libraries Digital Rights Management Awareness Act of 2003," S. 1621.

pdf drm-awareness-act-2003-endorse.pdf

 
 

Letter to F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. and W.J. Tauzin re: Database and Collections of Information Misappropriations Act (Sept. 9, 2003)

Letter from the Association of American Universities, the American Council on Education, and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, concerning the database protection legislation discussion draft "Database and Collections of Information Misappropriations Act."

pdf database-act-letter-09sept03.pdf

 
 

Information Access Alliance Will Continue to Push for Revised Analysis of Cinven and Candover Purchase of BertelsmannSpringer

The Information Access Alliance (IAA), a group of seven library organizations, will continue to push for revised analysis of publisher mergers despite the recent announcement that the Department of Justice has approved the sale of BertelsmannSpringer to Cinven and Candover. The Alliance is concerned that mergers of this sort will bring about a reduction in access to critical research information due to the heightened journal costs that result.

pdf iaa-doj-springer-sep2003.pdf

 
 
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