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  •  I wouldn't trust Issa on this (1+ / 0-)
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    The Research Works Act, also known as H.R. 3699, is a bill that was introduced in the United States House of Representatives at the 112th United States Congress on December 16, 2011, by Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) and co-sponsored by Carolyn B. Maloney (D‑NY).[2] The bill contains provisions to prohibit open-access mandates for federally funded research[3] and effectively revert[4] the NIH's Public Access Policy[5] that requires taxpayer-funded research to be freely accessible online.[6] If enacted, it would also severely restrict the sharing of scientific data.[7] The bill was referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform,[8] of which Issa is the chair.[9] Similar bills were introduced in 2008[10] and 2009[11] but have not been enacted since.[1] On February 27 2012, Darrell Issa and Carolyn Maloney issued a statement saying that they would not push for legislative action on the bill.[12]

    Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

    by Just Bob on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 11:23:36 PM PST

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    •  "Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D) Proposes Memorial Law..." (1+ / 0-)
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      I have little trust for anything much from Issa.  But, Lofgren has proposed changes in the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act,

      Representative Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat who represents California's 19th district, launched "Aaron's law", her draft bill to change the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, on Reddit on Tuesday night...

      ...we can work to prevent a repeat of the abuses of power he experienced. We should prevent what happened to Aaron from happening to other Internet users..."

      She continued: "The government was able to bring such disproportionate charges against Aaron because of the broad scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) and the wire fraud statute. It looks like the government used the vague wording of those laws to claim that violating an online service's user agreement or terms of service is a violation of the CFAA and the wire fraud statute...

      "Using the law in this way could criminalize many everyday activities and allow for outlandishly severe penalties..."

      ...Lawrence Lessig, a friend of Swartz and Harvard law professor, gave the amendment his blessing. He wrote: "This is a CRITICALLY important change that would do incredible good.

      "The CFAA was the hook for the government's bullying of [Aaron]. This law would remove that hook...

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