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Amazon has filed a lawsuit against the North Carolina Department of Revenue because of its demand that Amazon turn over the names and addresses of all residents who made purchases from them since 2003. The original request by North Carolina is part of that state’s efforts to collect sales tax on items purchased by North Carolina residents from Amazon. In the complaint, Amazon also said North Carolina is demanding it turn over records of what customers purchased and how much they paid. When North Carolina first announced its plans to collect sales tax from online retailers, Amazon closed down its affiliates program in the state, arguing that without the program, the state had no nexus to collect sales tax.

Publishers Weekly, April 20, 2010, http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industrynews/publisher-news/article/42917-amazon-sues-northcarolina-over-demand-for-customer-records.html.

Six U.S. Congressional representatives introduced the U.S. Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA, H.R. 5037) in the House of Representatives on April 15, 2010. The bill would essentially extend the NIH Public Access Policy that ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIHfunded research across all the major funding agencies in the U.S. federal government.

SPARC Open Access Newsletter, Issue #145, May 2, 2010, http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/newsletter/05-02-10.htm.

UKSG and NISO announced that the American Institute of Physics, Ex Libris, Serials Solutions, and OCLC are the first organizations to publicly endorse the Phase I recommendations of the KBART (Knowledge Bases And Related Tools) Working Group, a joint initiative that is exploring data problems within the OpenURL supply chain. KBART’s Phase I Recommended Practice (NISO RP-9-2010), published in January 2010, contains practical recommendations for the timely exchange of accurate metadata between content providers and knowledge base developers. A number of other major organizations in the scholarly information supply chain are also working towards KBART endorsement. To read the Phase I report and recommendations, go to http://www.uksg.org/sites/uksg.org/files/KBART_Phase_I_Recommended_Practice.pdf.

Press Release, June 1, 2010, http://www.uksg.org/news/kbartmay10.

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