The “Research Works Act” was just introduced by US congressional representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Darrell Issa (R-CA). In short, it allows publishers to prevent public access to publicly funded research.
"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."
N.B. "private-sector research" includes research funded by, e.g., the NIH (see the update at the end of the original article).
I've read a bit of discussion on this, but little of it acknowledges the international nature of both research and research access. How do you think this might impact research from cross-national collaborations?
Found via +Christoph T. Weidemann