I’m not the only one harping on about open access to scientific journals. I’ve linked to at least two other blogs discussing the issue, and I’m sure there are hundreds more.
I wrote in January about an article in Nature that highlighted the PR offensive being launched by the major science publishers.
That effort has apparently borne fruit. The issue is well-covered by John Dupuis. A sad but interesting twist, which made the front page of Slashdot, is that these organizations bent on protecting their copyright lock-in stole images from Getty Images for their web site. As the post in that last link notes, the onslaught of complaints subsequent to hitting the Slashdot front page convinced them to go buy the images properly from Getty.
Just as Microsoft started the FUD machine as Linux gained prominence, watch for a truckload of FUD from PRISM in the days to come.
ADDENDUM: There’s a good summary post that quotes my statement just above (and those of many other science bloggers) here.
You can check out all the background on PRISM Coalition at Sourcewatch. Note that the organization seems to be organized by the American Chemical Society.