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* This section tries to track the publishers who have publicly opposed the bill.
 
* This section tries to track the publishers who have publicly opposed the bill.
  
=== AAP members who oppose the RWA ===
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* '''AAP members who oppose the RWA''' (chronological by announcement date):
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*# [http://mitpress.mit.edu MIT Press]. See the January 11, 2012, [https://plus.google.com/u/0/109377556796183035206/posts/CWBxzWCuwKx announcement] by Ellen Faran, Director of MIT Press.
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*# [http://www.ithaka.org ITHAKA].  See the January 12, 2012, [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/ithaka-becomes-second-aap-member-to.html announcement].
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*# [http://www.clir.org/ Council on Library and Information Resources] (CLIR).  See the January 12, 2012, [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/ithaka-becomes-second-aap-member-to.html?showComment=1326456086032#c2896926308984064302 announcement].
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*# [http://www.psupress.org/ Penn State University Press]. See the January 12, 2012, [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/pennsylvania-state-university-press.html announcement] by Patrick Alexander, Director of the Penn State University Press.
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*# [http://www.rupress.org/ Rockefeller University Press]. See the January 13, 2012, [https://groups.google.com/a/arl.org/group/sparc-oaforum/browse_thread/thread/6d13954c261a61b9 announcement] by Mike Rossner, Executive Director of Rockefeller University Press.
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*# [http://www.ucpress.edu/ University of California Press].  See the January 13, 2012, [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/university-of-california-press-differs.html announcement] by Alison Mudditt, Director of the University of California Press.
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*# [http://npg.nature.com/ Nature Publishing Group] and [http://www.digital-science.com/ Digital Science].  See the January 18, 2012, joint [http://www.nature.com/press_releases/rwa-statement.html announcement] by Steven Inchcoombe, Managing Director for NPG, and Timo Hannay, Managing Director for Digital Science.  (Digital Science is a [http://www.digital-science.com/about/ sister company] of NPG.)
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*# [http://www.aaas.org/ Association for the Advancement of Science] (AAAS).  See the January 18, 2012,[http://www.aaas.org/news/releases/2012/0118rwa.shtml announcement] by Ginger Pinholster, Director of the AAAS Office of Public Programs, and Alan Leshner, AAAS Chief Executive Officer.
  
Chronological by announcement date:
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* '''AAP members who apparently oppose the RWA, but whose positions require confirmation'''
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*# [http://press.uchicago.edu/index.html University of Chicago Press]. In a January 17, 2012, [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/can-aap-members-stay-neutral-in-row.html?showComment=1326792422082#c6258166846680045112 comment] on [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/can-aap-members-stay-neutral-in-row.html Richard Poynder's blog], Arno Bosse reports that the U of Chicago Press told him that it does not support RWA.  But Bosse doesn't speak for the press and doesn't quote a statement from the press.
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*# [http://www.cambridge.org/ Cambridge University Press]. A week after CUP told Richard Poynder that "it is too early for us to make any public statements" on RWA, Poynder was allowed (January 17, 2012) to [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/research-works-act-cambridge-university.html share this statement] from Peter Davison, CUP's Director of Corporate Affairs:  "Cambridge University Press has submitted testimony to the United States Office of Science and Technology in response to the Request for Information (2011-28623) on subjects related to HR 3699. Our testimony is not identical to the position adopted by the Association of American Publishers. In particular, we write: ‘We support all sustainable access models that ensure the permanence and integrity of the scholarly record... The Bill as proposed could undermine the underlying freedoms expected by and of scholarly authors....’ "
  
# [http://mitpress.mit.edu MIT Press]. See the January 11, 2012, [https://plus.google.com/u/0/109377556796183035206/posts/CWBxzWCuwKx announcement] by Ellen Faran, Director of MIT Press.
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* '''Publishers who oppose the RWA but are not members of AAP'''
# [http://www.ithaka.org ITHAKA].  See the January 12, 2012, [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/ithaka-becomes-second-aap-member-to.html announcement].
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*# [http://www.iscb.org/ International Society for Computational Biology]. See the January 11, 2012, [http://sciblogs.co.nz/code-for-life/2012/01/11/iscb-to-respond-to-research-works-act-hr-3699/ announcement] by B.J. Morrison McKay, ISCB Executive Officer.
# [http://www.clir.org/ Council on Library and Information Resources] (CLIR).  See the January 12, 2012, [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/ithaka-becomes-second-aap-member-to.html?showComment=1326456086032#c2896926308984064302 announcement].
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*# [http://www.aps.org/ American Physical Society].  See the January 13, 2012, [http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/23/opinion/should-research-be-more-freely-available.html announcement] in a letter to the NY Times by Gene Sprouse and Joseph Serene, the editor in chief and treasurer-publisher of the American Physical Society.
# [http://www.psupress.org/ Penn State University Press]. See the January 12, 2012, [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/pennsylvania-state-university-press.html announcement] by Patrick Alexander, Director of the Penn State University Press.
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*# [http://sca.culanth.org/ Society for Cultural Anthropology]. See the January 18, 2012, [http://savageminds.org/2012/01/17/the-question-is-not-does-but-can/#comment-715385 announcement] adopted unanimously by the SCA Executive Board.
# [http://www.rupress.org/ Rockefeller University Press]. See the January 13, 2012, [https://groups.google.com/a/arl.org/group/sparc-oaforum/browse_thread/thread/6d13954c261a61b9 announcement] by Mike Rossner, Executive Director of Rockefeller University Press.
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*# [http://www.biomedcentral.com/ BioMed Central]. See the January 20, 2012, [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/biomed-central-opposes-research-works.html announcement].  (Note that [http://www.springer.com/ Springer], BMC's parent company, [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/springer-statement-on-us-research-works.html supports] the RWA.)
# [http://www.ucpress.edu/ University of California Press].  See the January 13, 2012, [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/university-of-california-press-differs.html announcement] by Alison Mudditt, Director of the University of California Press.
 
# [http://npg.nature.com/ Nature Publishing Group] and [http://www.digital-science.com/ Digital Science].  See the January 18, 2012, joint [http://www.nature.com/press_releases/rwa-statement.html announcement] by Steven Inchcoombe, Managing Director for NPG, and Timo Hannay, Managing Director for Digital Science.  (Digital Science is a [http://www.digital-science.com/about/ sister company] of NPG.)
 
# [http://www.aaas.org/ Association for the Advancement of Science] (AAAS).  See the January 18, 2012,[http://www.aaas.org/news/releases/2012/0118rwa.shtml announcement] by Ginger Pinholster, Director of the AAAS Office of Public Programs, and Alan Leshner, AAAS Chief Executive Officer.
 
 
 
=== AAP members who apparently oppose the RWA, but whose positions require confirmation ===
 
 
 
# [http://press.uchicago.edu/index.html University of Chicago Press]. In a January 17, 2012, [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/can-aap-members-stay-neutral-in-row.html?showComment=1326792422082#c6258166846680045112 comment] on [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/can-aap-members-stay-neutral-in-row.html Richard Poynder's blog], Arno Bosse reports that the U of Chicago Press told him that it does not support RWA.  But Bosse doesn't speak for the press and doesn't quote a statement from the press.
 
# [http://www.cambridge.org/ Cambridge University Press]. A week after CUP told Richard Poynder that "it is too early for us to make any public statements" on RWA, Poynder was allowed (January 17, 2012) to [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/research-works-act-cambridge-university.html share this statement] from Peter Davison, CUP's Director of Corporate Affairs:  "Cambridge University Press has submitted testimony to the United States Office of Science and Technology in response to the Request for Information (2011-28623) on subjects related to HR 3699. Our testimony is not identical to the position adopted by the Association of American Publishers. In particular, we write: ‘We support all sustainable access models that ensure the permanence and integrity of the scholarly record... The Bill as proposed could undermine the underlying freedoms expected by and of scholarly authors....’ "
 
 
 
=== Publishers who oppose the RWA but are not members of AAP ===
 
 
 
# [http://www.iscb.org/ International Society for Computational Biology]. See the January 11, 2012, [http://sciblogs.co.nz/code-for-life/2012/01/11/iscb-to-respond-to-research-works-act-hr-3699/ announcement] by B.J. Morrison McKay, ISCB Executive Officer.
 
# [http://www.aps.org/ American Physical Society].  See the January 13, 2012, [http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/23/opinion/should-research-be-more-freely-available.html announcement] in a letter to the NY Times by Gene Sprouse and Joseph Serene, the editor in chief and treasurer-publisher of the American Physical Society.
 
# [http://sca.culanth.org/ Society for Cultural Anthropology]. See the January 18, 2012, [http://savageminds.org/2012/01/17/the-question-is-not-does-but-can/#comment-715385 announcement] adopted unanimously by the SCA Executive Board.
 
# [http://www.biomedcentral.com/ BioMed Central]. See the January 20, 2012, [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/biomed-central-opposes-research-works.html announcement].  (Note that [http://www.springer.com/ Springer], BMC's parent company, [http://poynder.blogspot.com/2012/01/springer-statement-on-us-research-works.html supports] the RWA.)
 
  
 
= Action against the RWA =
 
= Action against the RWA =

Revision as of 08:59, 25 January 2012

The bill itself

  • The main section (Section 2) is brief: "No Federal agency may adopt, implement, maintain, continue, or otherwise engage in any policy, program, or other activity that -- (1) causes, permits, or authorizes network dissemination of any private-sector research work without the prior consent of the publisher of such work; or (2) requires that any actual or prospective author, or the employer of such an actual or prospective author, assent to network dissemination of a private-sector research work."

Sponsorship

  • According to MapLight (Money and Politics Light), Elsevier has given two campaign contributions to Issa and 12 to Maloney for the 2012 campaign cycle. Out of 31 contributions Elsevier has made to House members for this cycle, 14 or 45% have gone to Issa and Maloney.

Publisher opposition

  • This section tries to track the publishers who have publicly opposed the bill.
  • AAP members who apparently oppose the RWA, but whose positions require confirmation
    1. University of Chicago Press. In a January 17, 2012, comment on Richard Poynder's blog, Arno Bosse reports that the U of Chicago Press told him that it does not support RWA. But Bosse doesn't speak for the press and doesn't quote a statement from the press.
    2. Cambridge University Press. A week after CUP told Richard Poynder that "it is too early for us to make any public statements" on RWA, Poynder was allowed (January 17, 2012) to share this statement from Peter Davison, CUP's Director of Corporate Affairs: "Cambridge University Press has submitted testimony to the United States Office of Science and Technology in response to the Request for Information (2011-28623) on subjects related to HR 3699. Our testimony is not identical to the position adopted by the Association of American Publishers. In particular, we write: ‘We support all sustainable access models that ensure the permanence and integrity of the scholarly record... The Bill as proposed could undermine the underlying freedoms expected by and of scholarly authors....’ "

Action against the RWA

Discussion