Take Action Against PIPA

January 19, 2012

For months, AALL has expressed opposition to two overreaching bills that aim to address the real issue of international intellectual property infringement, piracy and counterfeiting on the Internet – the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act (PROTECT IP Act, or PIPA), S.968, and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), H.R. 3261. AALL strongly believes that these bills threaten free speech, free expression and the freedom of the Internet.

Now, we need your help. On Tuesday, January 24, the Senate is scheduled to hold a cloture vote on S. 968. AALL needs you to write to your Senators and tell them to vote NO on PIPA.

We’ve provided you with a draft message that you can edit, and it only takes a few minutes to take action. Please join us in telling your Senators that while online infringement may be a problem, PIPA is not the answer.


AALL ACTION ALERT: Take Action to Oppose H.R. 3699, a Bill to Prevent Public Access to Taxpayer-funded Research

January 9, 2012

Please take a moment to respond to our important new action alert in opposition to H.R. 3699, the Research Works Act. This bill, which was introduced on December 16 by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA-49) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY-14), would reverse the National Institutes of Health’s popular Public Access Policy, which AALL strongly supports, and prevent other Federal agencies from developing similar policies to provide timely public access to taxpayer-funded research.

Please help ensure that members of the House of Representatives – especially those who sit on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where the bill has been referred – understand that this bill would be a step in the wrong direction for open access.

Please take action and tell your Representative that the public must have access to research funded by taxpayer dollars.


December Issue of the Washington E-Bulletin

January 4, 2012

The December issue of the Washington E-Bulletin is now available on AALLNET. Here is the Table of Contents:

STAY INFORMED/GET INVOLVED: News and Action Alerts

  • Celebrating 2011 and Preparing for a Busy 2012
  • Congress Passes Increased Levels of Funding for Government Printing Office
  • Senate Fails to Confirm Boarman as Public Printer
  • AALL Submits Comments on Colorado Public Domain Citation Format
  • GPO and Office of Federal Register Receive Award for FederalRegister.gov
  • President Obama Completes Nominations to Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
  • House Judiciary Committee Holds Markup of Stop Online Piracy Act

FREE TIME WELL SPENT: Further Reading and Resources for the Info Policy Junkie

  • New Year’s Greetings from the Law Librarian Congress
  • Report Finds Agencies Process More FOIA Requests
  • “FOIA Ombudsman” Launches New Website
  • House Expands Access to XML

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