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Mandatory Public Access to Federally Funded Research Does Not Violate Copyright Obligations

Statement from ARL, SPARC, and ALA refuting the argument of several publishers of scientific, technical, and medical (STM) journals who argued that proposed legislative changes to the NIH Public Access Policy would violate U.S. treaty obligations under Article 13 of TRIPS and Article 9 of the Berne Convention, and potentially constitute a "compulsory license."

pdf public-access-statement-nih-july07.pdf

 
 

Revised NIH Public Access Policy: Comments on behalf of the Association of Research Libraries

These comments are submitted on behalf of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). ARL is a nonprofit organization of 123 research libraries in North America. ARL strongly supports the "NIH Revised Policy on Enhancing Public Access to Archived Publications Resulting From NIH Funded Research" (hereafter the NIH Public Access Policy). ARL members include many university libraries that support researchers on campuses who receive NIH funding. As a consequence, many ARL libraries are collaborating with others within their institution to ensure effective compliance with the revised Public Access Policy

pdf nih-comments-2008.pdf

 
 

NIH Public Access Policy Does Not Affect U.S. Copyright Law

Analysis from ARL and SPARC asserting that the NIH Public Access Policy is fully consistent with the United States Copyright Act, has no relation to the Berne Convention and the TRIPS Agreement, is consistent with the trend among the United States' trading partners to make publicly funded research articles freely available on the Internet, and is fully consistent with the Administrative Procedures Act (APA).

pdf nihpolicy_copyright_july2008.pdf

 
 

Letter to Michael F. Doyle re: H.R. 4004, “The Federal Research Public Access Act” (Feb. 14, 2012)

Letter from higher education and library associations thanking Representative Doyle for introducing H.R. 4004, "The Federal Research Public Access Act."

pdf oawg-house-frpaa-14feb2012.pdf

 
   
 

Revised NIH Public Access Policy: Comments on behalf of the Association of Research Libraries

These comments are made on the behalf of the Association of Research Libraries on the revised NIH Public Access Policy. ARL strongly supports the Policy and commends NIH for soliciting comments while moving ahead in a timely manner with this critically important congressionally approved policy. Most ARL libraries support researchers who receive NIH funding thus are collaborating with others to ensure effective compliance with the Policy. As is abundantly clear by the numerous comments filed by ARL members, there is strong support for the revised NIH Policy because it is integrally tied to the mission of higher education.

pdf nih-comments-revised-30mar08.pdf

 
 

Letter to House Committee on the Judiciary re: Opposition to Research Works Act (Feb. 13, 2009)

Letter from higher education and library association asking the House to oppose H.R. 801, "The Fair Copyright in Research Works Act," and support the worldwide move toward open, public access to the results of publicly funded research.

pdf oawg_to_judiciary-09-feb.pdf

 
 

Letter to John Cornyn re: S. 2096, “The Federal Research Public Access Act” (Feb. 14, 2012)

Letter from higher education and library associations thanking Senator Cornyn for introducing S. 2096, "'The Federal Research Public Access Act."

pdf oawg-senate-frpaa-14feb2012.pdf

 
 

Comments of the Association of Research Libraries Concerning “Public Access Policies for Science and Technology Funding Agencies across the Federal Government”

ARL supports enhanced access to federally funded research resources because such policies are integrally tied to and support the mission of higher education and scholarship. ARL believes that extending public access policies to federally funded research to other science and technology agencies will be a central component of President Obama's transparency and open Government initiative.

pdf ostp-public-access-comments-15jan2010.pdf

 
 
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