Academic publishers have become the enemies of science — the article explains how the US Research Works Act would “allow publishers to line their pockets by locking publicly funded research behind paywalls”.
A related issue is the Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) which has led to Wikipedia’s forthcoming protest (see the warning message on Wikipedia itself) in the form of a blackout that will take place on Wednesday. this article seems to provide hope that sanity will prevail; it’s reassuring to hear Rupert Murdoch accusing the Obama administration of bowing to “Silicon Valley paymasters”.
(added slightly later:) This new post at Tim Gowers' blog also comes out in favour of the one-day blackout.
(added 6.2.12: article in The Economist about the Elsevier boycott.)
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