Abdulrahman El-Sayed: SOPA's Killer Cousin You've Probably Never Heard About

Connotea Imports 2012-03-08


"Consider, for example, a recent conversation I shared in an Alexandria hospital with Dr. Salah, an Egyptian surgeon. When he found out I was American he proclaimed "God bless America for Pubmed" -- the National Library of Medicine's online search engine for health research. But that may soon come to an end. A recent bill, the "Research Works Act", proposed under pressure from the Association of American Publishers, threatens to strangle access to health research to protect the interests of a few greedy corporations -- it would keep crucial, life-saving information from doctors and scientists who use it to take care of people and contribute to knowledge....What's worse, the heaviest burden of this insidious bill, if passed, would fall on the poor and underserved. At home, it would keep crucial medical information from doctors who serve low-income patients and who can't afford the steep subscription costs. In low-income countries abroad, it would choke off doctors and scientists who rely on NIH-funded research to improve the lives and wellbeing of billions of people...."



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Date tagged:

03/08/2012, 11:04

Date published:

01/27/2012, 10:14