Regulatory Capture At Work
I was appalled to see the AAP congratulating itself (http://www.publishers.org/press/56/) on the new legislation introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) (@darrellissa), Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Committee member Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). The AAP and the authors of the bill claim that this bill is to prevent "government interference" in the activities of scholarly and research publishers.
What the bill actually targets are efforts by agencies such as the NIH to mandate open access to research that is funded by the government. In other words, stop the government from "interfering" with our privatization and monopolistic exploitation of government-funded research. You, the people, paid for it, but let's make sure you don't own what you paid for.
Here's my letter in opposition:
timoreilly’s Comment on H.R. 3699: To ensure the continued publication and integrity of ... - POPVOX.com